Thomas Girondel was born in the port city of Le Havre, Normandy and is a 39-year-old geographer and former natural and coastal risks 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 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 Central and 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 long-term features and documentary photography. From 2018 to 2021 he has worked on a personal project on Yeu island, offshore the French mainland, to document the inhabitants’ life and their perceptions of freedom; focusing on the younger generation.

His visual work has been featured globally, including, among others, Stern Magazin, the Telegraph Magazine, GQ magazine, the Financial Times, the Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, the international editions of GEO, Der Spiegel (Dein), Marie Claire, Vi Menn, GoodWeekend magazine (Australia), De Standaard Magazine, Fluter, The Week, DOMUS, Zeit Leo magazin, Woxx mag, VICE Media, Rhythms Monthly, PRIVATE as well as L'OBS, NEON, La Vie magazine, So Good magazine, Actes Sud publishing house, Alternatives Humanitaires, etc

He is distributed by INSTITUTE Artist, and a member of the Visual art & fixed image authors' society (SAIF).

Thomas is available for assignments globally.

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


NOOR—Heba Khamis & Sebastian Liste “The creative practice for visual storytellers”
NOOR—Sebastian Liste & Kadir van Lohuizen “Long-Term projects”

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