Patrick Zachmann

FRANCE. Paris by night. Montmartre. 2005 © Patrick Zachmann / Magnum Photos



born 1955 in France , lives in Paris.
A freelance photographer since 1976 and member of Magnum Photos since 1990, Patrick Zachmann has dedicated himself to long-term reportages that bring to light the complex identities and cultures of social groups and communities in various countries.
His 1982 work on the Naples police and mafia -the Camorra- led to a collection of cinematographic photographs that also inspired the publication of a fictional book. From 1982 to 1984, concurrently with a project on highway landscapes supported by the French Ministry of Culture, Zachmann explored the lives of immigrant teenagers in the north of Marseille.
After working intensely on a personal project about Jewish identity, Patrick Zachmann published his second book Enquête d’identité in 1987. In 1989, his feature of the events on Tiananmen Square in Beijing was widely published in the international press. In the same year he was awarded the prestigious Prix Niepce for his oeuvre.
Over a period of six years, Zachmann pursued an in-depth work on the Chinese diaspora in different parts of the world. This gave rise to the publication of W. ou l’œil d’un long nez in 1995, which was hailed by critics. The book was accompanied by an exhibition that traveled to ten countries in Asia and Europe.
Between 1996 and 1998, Patrick Zachmann directed the short film La Mémoire de mon père, followed by his first feature-length film Aller-retour: Journal d’un photographe, which is about the disappearance of traces of memory, specifically in Chile.
In 2006, Zachmann started working on a new project in China titled Confusions chinoises and for which he was awarded the l’Aide à la Création de la Délégation aux Arts Plastiques (DAP). He was also appointed a lecturer by the Paris Art School and the Academy of Graphic Design and Photography in Rome.
Between 2006 and 2008, Zachmann worked on a feature film titeled Bar Centre des Autocars. It is an investigation into the lives of ten young people he had met and photographed in Marseille’s poorest suburbs twenty years earlier. In May 2009, Zachmann also presented a retrospective on his works concerned with immigration and suburbs at „Cité d’Histoire de l’Immigration de Paris“, the Paris Center for Immigration History. The retrospective comprised pictures and series from a time span of 25 years.
To mark the twentieth anniversary of the events on Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989, Zachmann produced his documentary film Generation Tiananmen in 2009. The movie was shown on the websites of Le Monde and Der Spiegel, among others.
Currently, Patrick Zachmann is working on a project covering illegal immigration in Europe. He portrays immigrants on their journeys through Malta, France and Greece. A documentary on the fate of a Somali emigrant will be shown on the France5 website and national channel.

He has been selected as one of the artists assigned for Marseille-Provence 2013 for which he will present a movie and a book called ” Mare Mater” in Marseille at Le Mucem Museum, end of 2013 and in Châlons sur Saone at the beginning of 2015.

AWARDS | Recognitions

Awards in Photography (a selection)
2013 Bourse d’aide à la Production et de la création du Ministère de la Culture.
2009 Beaux Livres de l’Année for Ma proche banlieue (Ed. Barral), Paris.
2007 Aide à la Création de la Délégation aux Arts Plastiques (DAP) Ministry of Culture, Paris.
1992 Art Directors Club Merit Award, New York.
1989 Prix Niépce, Paris.
1986 Prix Villa Médicis Hors Les Murs, Paris.

Awards in Film (a selection)
La mémoire de mon père: First Prize of the Les Ecrans du Documentaires festival, France, 2000
In the official selection of the Festival du Réel au Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1999
Aller-retour. Journal d’un photographe: Grand Prix Festival de Creación Audiovisual, Pamplona, 2002
Selected and presented at Etats Généraux du Film Documentaire Lussas, 2002

1992 Video contribution to Jean-Christophe Victor’s Hong-Kong, 1997: Arte (26min).
1993 Shortfilm video featuring Belleville for the series The Magnum Eye, broadcast on Japanese Television (NHK; 10 min.).
1994 Shortfilm video featuring an emigrant from Mali wh o is returning to his home village. Presented in La Villette accompanying the exhibition Maliens, ici et là-bas.
1996-1998 Shortfilm La mémoire de mon père ( Gédéon Programme; 31 min.).
Officially selected and presented by Festival du Réel au Centre Goerges Pompidou (1999), Festival Les Ecrans du Documentaire(2000, First Prize).
Shown by Cinéma des Cinéastes par Doc sur Grand Ecran in the Vies privées programme; selected by Festival Côté CourtPantin (2000).
Presented at La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaisme, Paris (2000); Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago de Chile; the International Photography Festival, Pingyao; Forum des Images, Paris (2002); University of Vichy (Memoire et images;2003). Presented at Cinéma La Palette, Tournus, during the Month of Documentary Film and at the Les Ecrans du Documentaire Festival (on demand of Joëlle Van Effenterre) as well as at Cinéma des Cinéastes par Doc sur Grand Ecran Affaires de familles programme (2003).
1999-2002 First feature film: Aller-retour. Journal d’un photographe. Production: l’INA (68 min.).
Selected and presented by Etats Généraux du Film Documentaire Lussas (2002); Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles; Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (Belgium); Festival de Creación Audiovisual, Pamplona (Grand Prix Festival de Navarre 2002); International Documentary Film Festival, Santiago de Chile (Director: Patricio Guzman); Human Rights Festival Buenos Aires; Centre d’Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation, Lyon (2002); Internationales Filmfestival der Menschenrechte, Nuremberg (2003); International Exile-Film-Festival, Sweden; Festival de Documentaires by Arte in l’Espace Confluences and la Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris and at la Maison de l’Amérique Latine; at cinéma la Palette, Tournus; l’Espace Culturel François Mitterand during the Month of Documentary Film and at Centre Georges Pompidou on the occasion of the annual meeting of international authors in exile.
Part of the Présence du documentaire contemporain programme, Musée du Jeu de Paume (2004); shown at l’Institut Français, Barcelona (2005).
2006-2008 Feature film Bar Centre des Autocars. Production: Les Films d’Ici (56 Min.).
Selected by the Festival Méditéranéen, Marseille and Turin (2008); presented during the exhibition Ma proche banlieue, Cité Nationale d’Histoire de l’Immigration, Paris.
2013 Long movie Mare Mater. 52mn.

Exhibitions (a selection)
2013-2014 “Mare Mater”. Musée du Mucem-Fort St. Jean, Marseille-Provence 2013. Nov 2013/ Jan 2014.
2012 Exposition “Ma proche banlieue” au Festival International de Photographie de Tekesi (Chine-Xinjiang) Exposition au Festival de Photographie du Xishuanbana (Chine-Yunnan)
2010 Un jour, la nuit. Galerie Negpos, Nîmes, France.
2010 Series “Paysages autoroutiers”. Galerie Magnum, Paris-St. Germain, France.
2009 Ma proche banlieue. Cité Nationale d’Histoire de l’Immigration (CNHI), Paris, France.
2009 Un jour, la nuit. Galerie Les Voutes. Les frigos, Paris, France.
2008 Confusions chinoises. Faux-semblants, Festival de Photographies en Plein Air, La Gacilly, France.
2008 L’oeil d’un long-nez. Hartlepool Art Gallery, Newcastle, United Kingdom.
2007 L’image d’après. Le cinéma dans l’imaginaire de la photographie (group show). Cinémathèque Française, Paris, France.
2005/2006 Euro Visions (group show). Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Ludwig Museum Budapest, Hungary.
2004 Musulmanes, Musulmans (group show). Parc de La Villette, Paris, France.
2001-2004 Chili. Une mémoire en route. Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago de Chile, Chile; Centre d’Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation, Lyon, France; International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China; International Photography Festival FotoGrafia, Rome, Italy; Galerie des l’Institut Français, Barcelona, Spain.
1997 Maliens, ici et là-bas. Parc de la Villette, Paris, France.
1995/1997/2000 L’oeil d’un long-nez. Shown in ten Asian countries. Visa pour l’Image, Perpignan, France; Photographer’s Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Sala Municipal, Valladolid, Spain.
1984/1987-1998 Enquête d’identité. Galerie Photo FNAC Forum, Paris, France; Galerie Magnum, Paris; Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, Paris, France.


Mare Mater, Editions Actes Sud, France, 2013.
Ma proche banlieue, Editions Xavier Barral, France, 2009
Photo Poche Patrick Zachmann, Robert Delpire, France, 2009
Good Nights, Biro éditeur, France, 2008
Chili, les routes de la mémoire, Marval, France, 2002
Maliens, ici et là-bas, Plume, France, 1997
20 ans de rêves, Syria Editions,Paris, 1994
W. ou l’oeil d’un long-nez, Marval, France, 1995
Enquête d’identité, Contrejour, France, 1987
Madonna!, Cahiers du Cinéma, France, 1983