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CAMPEAU, Michel

PORTRAIT CAMPEAUBorn in 1948 in Montreal (Canada) where he lives and works.


Michel Campeau’s work has stretched over the past four decades of contemporary photography. Embracing an innerness at odds with the medium, and breaking clean away from the conventions of documentary, his work explores the subjective, narrative and ontological dimensions of photography. In 1994 Campeau received the international Higashikawa Prize for photography in Japan. Two years later, a retrospective overview entitled Les images volubiles—Travaux photographiques, 1971–1996 was staged by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa. DARKROOM, published in 2007 by Parr/Nazraëli Press, was the subject of an exclusive report in the magazine Aperture. Campeau’s work on darkrooms was selected by the photographer and guest curator Martin Parr for the exhibition New Typologies staged at the 2008 New York Photo Festival. Winner of a number of research and creative grants, he is the author of some ten books. He is the current holder of the Jean-Paul Riopelle scholarship from the Quebec Council of Arts and Letters and recently won the Canadian Arts Council’s Duke and Duchess of York Photography Prize. He is represented by the Simon Blais gallery and his work is part of many collections both in Canada and abroad.


Michel Campeau presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2010: “The Genie of the Laboratorium”