Philippe Dudouit’s work is founded on in depth historic, geopolitical and cartographic documentation, research and analysis, making the presented project a long term photographic study on the socio-political evolution of the Sahelo-Saharian zone since 2008.
Philippe Dudouit’s work is founded on in depth historic, geopolitical and cartographic documentation, research and analysis, resulting in long term photographic studies on the socio-political evolution of the Sahelo-Saharian zone since 2008.
He graduated from Vevey School of Photography. Dudouit has been the recipient of a Kiefer Hablitzel Prize in 2004. In 2008, he was a first prize winner in the World Press Photo competition for his work on the PKK fighters in Northern Iraq, and in 2009 he was awarded third prize on his images of the Tuareg rebellions in Mali and Niger. In 2011 his work in progress Dynamics of Dust received a Swiss Design Award and in 2013 he was a Magnum Emergency Fund grantee.
Dudouit documents the new relationships that historically nomadic autochthonous Saharan inhabitants of the Sahelo Saharan band have forged with a territory they cannot pass through freely, or safely, anymore. Being a former tourist paradise now off limits to foreigners, due to a burgeoning abduction industry, made the former dire economic situation even worse, cutting off large parts of the population from an income essential to them.
Dudouit’s practice embodies hybridity, in the fusion of classic analogue large format camera technique and the use of digital technologies, but also by combining innovative documentary photography sensibility with the tableau-type composition of his environmental portraits.
Dynamics of Dust was published in 2019 (Patrick Frey editions).
Where Are We Now?, Group presentation, East Wing at Paris Photo, FR
Topics That Matter, Group presentation, East Wing at Paris Photo, FR
Topics That Matter, Group presentation, East Wing at Unseen Photography Festival & Fair, Amsterdam, NL
WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY : Images of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath, Curation: Anne Tucker, Museum of Fine Art, Houston, United States.
Traveling Evidence, Capsule exhibition, La Placette, Lausanne CH
Swiss Federal Design Awards, Musée de Design et d’art Appliqués Contemporains, MUDAC., Lausanne, CH.
Dynamics of Dust – Solo presentation, Noorderlicht House of Photography, Groningen, NL
Dynamics of Dust – Discoveries, Presented by East Wing (curation: Lars Willumeit), Rencontres d’Arles, FR
Tuareg Rebels, Photo Forum Biel.
PKK Fighters, Coalmine Gallery, Winterthur
The Dynamics of Dust – (Published by Edition Patrick Frey),2019)