Mathieu Asselin

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Mathieu Asselin (FR/VEN, ˚1973) works and lives between Arles in France and New York City. He began his career working on film productions in Caracas, Venezuela, but shaped his photography practice in the United States. His work mainly consists out of long-term investigative documentary projects, such as his latest book ‘Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation’, which received international acclaim, winning the Kassel FotoBook Festival Dummy Award in 2016, the Aperture Foundation First Book Award in 2017 and has been shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize in 2018. Les Rencontre d'Arles in France, Photographer’s Gallery in London, Fotomuseum Antwerp in Belgium and the European Parliament in Strasbourg are amongst recent venues where his work has been exhibited.


Mathieu Asselin is a member of the Editorial Committee at Disclose the first NGO dedicated to investigative journalism in France.

Education: Masters degree from ENSP – École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d'Arles in France.

photo©Hervé Hôte


Solo Exhibitions 

  • 2018 Triennale RAY. Hamburg Germany

  • 2018 RAY Photo Festival. Frankfurt Germany

  • 2018 Museum of Modern Art Frankfurt. Frankfurt Germany

  • 2018 Breada Photo Festival. Breda The Netherlands

  • 2018 European Parliament. Strasburg France

  • 2018 Foto Museum FOMU -March- Antwerpen Belgium

  • 2017/18 J1. Marseille France

  • 2017 Spazio Labo. Bolognia Italy

  • 2017 Les Rencontre De La Photography Arles. Arles France

  • 2016 Breda Photo Festival. The Netherlands

  • 2013 Indie Gallery. Portraits of Tornado Path. Tel Aviv Israel

  • 2012 See Gallery Portrait of a Tornado Path. New York USA

  • 2010 Hacienda la Trinidad Gallery. Caracas Venezuela

  • 2011 Gallery Carte Blanche A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks

  • 2011 Gallery Espacio MAD Venezuelan Portraits. Caracas Venezuela

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018 The Photographer’s Gallery. London UK

  • 2016 First Book Award Exhibition Photo London. London UK

  • 2016 Photo Athens. Greece

  • 2015 Sala TAC, Caracas. Realidades Instantáneas. Caracas Venezuela

  • 2011 Foto Week DC A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century 2012 Photobooks. Washington DC USA

  • 2012 International Center of Photography Exhibiting Powerful Images from the 99 Percent. Governors Island, New York USA

  • 2010 Praxis International Art (Miami) Time Behind the Vision. Miami USA

Awards and Nominations

  • 2018/2019 Shortlisted for Prix de l’Elysee. Switzerland

  • 2018 Honorary Appreciation Leipzig Best Book Design from all over the World. Germany

  • 2017 Winer of the Deutscher Fotobuchpreis category Artistic-Conceptual, . Germany

  • 2018 Shortlisted Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. UK

  • 2017 First Prize Aperture Foundation Paris Photo First Book Award. France/USA

  • 2017 Special Mention Dummy Book Awards Rencontres d'Arles. France

  • 2016 First Prize Dummy Book Awards Kassel. Germany

  • 2016 Finalist Lens Culture. France

  • 2016 Selected for Bristol Photobook Festival. UK

  • 2016 Shortlisted First Book Award. UK

  • 2016 Nominated for Pictet Prix. Switzerland

  • 2011 The Grand Prize One Life Photography Award. USA

  • 2011 Sony World Photography Awards Documentary Portrait Shortlist. UK


  • The Guardian, L’OBS, Figaro, European Photography, Foam, British Journal of Photography, Huck, The Eye, The New Yorker, Liberation, GEO, Freitag, Paris Match, El Pais, Altair, Gente, Razor Magazine, Le Monde, PDN, Realidades Instantaneas Catalogue 2015, Australian Photo Journalist 2016, Pictet Prix Catalogue Disorder 2016, among others.


  • 2018 Fotogafie Forum Frankfurt Summer Academy “Long-term projects, project management, organisation, structure, documentation, portfolio review” Frankfurt, Germany

  • 2018 Bijloke Summer Academy “Developing a Critical Approach to Documentary Photography” School of Arts of University College, Ghent, Belgium

  • 2018 VII Agency Master Class on documentary photography. Warsaw, Poland

  • 2018 Spring Workshops at Rencontres d'Arles “Personal projects on long term documentary practices” Arles, France

  • 2018 Rentrée en Images de la Photographie Arles. Arles, France

  • 2017 Portfolio reviews at Gazebook. Puntasecca, Italy

  • 2017 Summer workshops at Rencontres d’Arles “Lighting on documentary photography”

  • 2016 Workshop Negpos Nimes “lighting in documentary photography” Nimes, France


  • 2018 Photographer’s Gallery, Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation. London, UK

  • 2018 Fotografie Forum Frankfurt. Frankfurt Germany

  • 2018 Der Spiegel. “Role of photography on politics and environmental issues”. Hamburg Germany

  • 2018 Doctoral School at the University Aix-Marseille, “Migration et exil environnemental: du Déluge a nos jours”. Aix-en-Provence France

  • 2018 Liege Photobook Festival. Liege Belgium

  • 2018 ENSP – École nationale supérieure de la photographie d’Arles. France



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