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WILLAUME, Alain

PORTRAIT-WILLAUMEBorn in 1956. Lives and works in Paris.


Alain Willaume belongs to the Tendance Floue collective of photographers. He develops an unusual work in tune with the world he has been travelling and observing for many years. Under the influence of long journeys and away from the main streams, he draws up a personal cartography made of enigmatic images which all tell of the violence and vulnerability of the world and the human beings who live in it.

Alain Willaume is a freelance photographer, independent curator, editor and lecturer at the École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Strasburg. He initiated and co-curated (with Devika Daulet-Singh) the INDIA program of exhibitions at Rencontres d’Arles 2007 and is the editor of India Now: New Visions in Photography, published by Thames & Hudson/Textuel in 2007. He was also Artistic Director of IndiaPhotoNow 2008, a Year of Photography in India. His last monograph Bords du gouffre was published by Textuel, Paris and exhibited in Rencontres d’Arles 2003. He won the Prix Kodak de la Critique Photographique and was awarded the first Prize of the Sony World Photography Award 2011 category Portraiture-Fine Art.

Alain Willaume also took part in a number of collective exhibitions at the Rencontres d’Arles:

In 2013: Transition, Social Landscapes (Atelier de Mécanique)


In 2011: Tendance Floue, Getting down to it (Magasin Electrique)


In 2007: Madame la Présidente (Magasin Electrique)


In 2007: The other part of ourselves / Where the world stops (Magasin Electrique)