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Born in France in 1968 as a dual French-American citizen, Julien Chatelin began his career has a photojournalist after graduating from New York University.
Investigating at first social issues in France, his focus turned increasingly towards major international events, and particularly to the changes taking places in Eastern Europe that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Chatelin then expanded his horizons to other territories focusing his attention to the fate of nations struggling for independent statehood. This series included works from the Caucasus, Kosovo, Western Sahara, Kurdistan, Xinjiang and Tibet.
Between 2004 and 2006 Chatelin set forth to create a visual fresco of Israeli society. Israel Borderline was published in 2008 in a 160-page monograph.
In a constant quest to explore new visual dialectics and narratives, Julien Chatelin, produced Egyptorama: A journey through Egypt’s semi-desert lands, shot in large format, which received the 2013 Camera Clara award. Egyptorama is the first opus of a larger body of work in progress entitled Promised lands, which include projects in Detroit and western China, and address’ issues involving urbanization and the cyclical transformations of our environments.
Chatelin is co-founder of the award-winning magazine De L’air and a former member of Rapho.
AWARDS AND GRANTS
Felix Schoeller Photo Award nominee for China West » 2017
Daylight Photo Award Juror’s picks for China West » 2017
Scam Prix Roger Pic Award finalist 2017
Sony World Awards Pro competition. 2nd Place architecture for «China West » 2017
Verzasca photo award finalist for « China West » 2016
All About Photo, photographer of the year 2016
CNAP Grant recipient for comptemporary documentary photography 2014
Camera Clara Award. 1st prize. 2013 for Egyptorama
Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography-Finalist 2013
POY best photo book of the year 2009-Finalist
POY award of excellence 2004