Thomas Girondel was born in the harbour city of Le Havre, France and is a 34 years old geographer and former coastal disaster officer working as an independent photojournalist and photographer.

In spring 2014, Girondel spent several weeks in Ukraine where he documented life amid a conflict zone with his analog Fujica camera. His work “Reaching Donetsk” was exhibited in a solo show at the gallery Espace Cosmopolis in Nantes, France. He has since returned to Ukraine on several occasions to document the country's transformation since the conflict broke out.

In 2015 and continuing in 2016, the photojournalist recorded various protest movements, both in Nantes and Germany that he contributed, among others, to the AFP Pool. He then returned to his roots as a geographer by reporting on Seattle’s water-based community. His work was exhibited at the Congress Hall of Nantes on the occasion of the World Actors Climate Summit Climate Chance.

After having completed an internship at the photo desk of Le Monde in Paris in 2017, Girondel decided to focus on documentary photography. He has since started a long-term project on Yeu island, (the westernmost island in France), to document the inhabitants’ life and their perceptions of freedom; focussing on the younger generation.

His work has been published both nationally in France and internationally, including, among others, Actes Sud publishing house, L'OBS, La Vie, NEON and VICE as well as the international editions of GEO, De Standaard magazine, Rhythms Monthly, DOMUS, the Financial Times and the Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin.

He is based in Nantes, France and available for assignments worldwide.

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