Since the 1990s, Jean-François Joly has placed the portrait at the heart of his preoccupations with documentary photography. He favors medium and large format photography in order to create a singular relationship with the person photographed. Joly conducts long-term projects about people living on the margins of society in various capitals, such as Naufragés, for which he received the Prix Alpa of the city of Vevey in 2000. His work on the life and condition of the Romani was exhibited in 2016 at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, France. His documentary work is part of private and public collections including the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de L’Immigration, the Centre National de l'Audiovisuel du Grand Duché de Luxembourg, and the Centre Méditerranéen de la Photographie. Joly is the author of Terre d’Exil (Filigranes), Naufragés de la Ville (Contrejour), La Grande Barre (CMP Editions) and Dignité, droits humains et pauvreté (Textuel Editions). (Photo shot in Cairo, Egypt, 2003. Photo sponsor: Kirk Walston.)

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