Patrick Zachmann (b. 1955) has been a freelance photographer since 1976. He joined Magnum in 1985 and became a member in 1990. Zachmann has dedicated himself to long-term projects on the cultural identity, memory, and immigration of different communities. In 1989, his story on the events of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square was widely published in the international press and his work was awarded the prestigious Prix Niepce
. Zachmann’s published books include Enquête d’Identité
ou Un Juif à la recherche de sa mémoire
(1987) and W. ou L’Œil d’un Long Nez
(1995). Zachmann’s directed films include the short film, La Mémoire de Mon Père (My Father’s Memory)
, and the feature-length films Allers-retour: Journal d’un Photographe (Round trip: diary of a photographer)
and Bar Centre des Autocars
Source: The Eye of Photography
For more than 40 years, Patrick Zachmann has produced acclaimed, long-term projects that use photography and film to explore themes of memory, identity and immigration. He has documented the Chinese Diaspora, Jewish identity and the plight of migrants in Marseilles, all the while pushing himself to subvert his ‘style’ by working with both analogue and digital, colour and black and white, and using multimedia formats. “I don’t want to repeat myself like many photographers do by developing a special style,”
he says of his practice.
Zachmann was born in 1955 in Choisy-le-Roi, France and became a freelance photographer in 1976. In 1982 he began an in-depth project on the Naples police and mafia, which resulted in his first monograph, Madonna!
(1983), accompanied by a fictional novel inspired by his pictures. Following that he began a seven-year study of Jewish identity in France—finishing with his own family—which resulted in his second book, Enquête d’identité. Un Juif à la Recherche de sa Mémoire / Investigation of Identity. A Jew in Search of his Memory
In 1989, his coverage of the events in Tiananmen Square, Beijing was widely published in the international press. In the same year, he was awarded the prestigious Prix Niépce for his work. To mark the twentieth anniversary of the events on Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989, Zachmann made a web-documentary Generation Tiananmen
in 2009, shown on Le Monde
, Der Spiegel
and Al Jazeera’s websites.
He is represented by Magnum Gallery
, Clair Gallery
(München) and Beaugeste Gallery