Thomas Girondel was born in the port city of Le Havre, France and is a 37-year-old geographer and former natural risks officer working as an independent photojournalist and documentary photographer. He lives where he works.

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 many 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 France and Germany, as well as social issues in Eastern Europe. He then returned to his roots as a geographer by reporting on Seattle’s water-based community.

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

His visual work has been featured internationally, including, among others, STERN Magazin, the Telegraph Magazine, the Financial Times, the Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, the international editions of GEO, GoodWeekend Australia, De Standaard Magazine, Fluter, Woxx mag, VICE Media, Rhythms Monthly as well as L'OBS, Actes Sud publishing house, La Vie magazine, NEON...

He is distributed by INSTITUTE Artist, and a member of the Authors Society of Visual Arts and Fix Image (SAIF).

Thomas is available for assignments globally.

He doesn't usually refer to himself in the third person...


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