Artist Talk : Denis Dailleux

We are honoured and excited to announce that two-time World Press Photo winner  will be at the Chennai Photo Biennale thanks to the support of Alliance Française Madras and Oman Airlines! His incredible photographs from Ghana will be showcased as part of ‘Surrealistic by Nature’ a public photography exhibition curated by Chennai based French documentary photographer Yannick Cormier.
Denis will be walking us through his journey as an image-maker at an Artist Talk hosted by Alliance Française Madras on February 27th at 6-30pm.

Celebrated curator Christian Caujolle expresses his views on Denis’ work – “Imbued with his distinctive delicacy, Denis Dailleux’s photographic work appears calm on the surface, yet is incredibly demanding, run through by an undercurrent of constant self-doubt and propelled by the essential personal bond he develops with those (and that which) he frames with his camera. His passion for people has naturally led him to develop portraiture as his preferred means of representing those whose true self he feels an urge to get closer to. Which he has, with actress Catherine Deneuve as well as with countless anonymous subjects from the slums of Cairo, working with the same discretion, waiting to get from his subjects what he is hoping they will offer him, without ever asking for it, simply hoping that it will happen. That is how he has patiently constructed a unique portrait of his beloved Cairo to create, with black and whites of exemplary classicism and colors of rare subtlety, the definite alternative to the heaps of cultural and touristic clichés which clutter our minds.”

While continuing to photograph Egypt (Egypt : the revolution’s martyrs or Mother and Son), Denis Dailleux regularly goes to Ghana where he explores new relationships to body and space, life and death, to community, to the sea, which open new horizons for his photographic research.

His work has often been published in the form of books. You can see his work at

Artist Talk : Denis Dailleux was originally published on chennaiphotobiennale

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