Born in Buzançais, France, in 1955, Pascal Maitre studied psychology before beginning a career in photojournalism in 1979. His numerous assignments have taken him all over the Earth, from Afghanistan to South America. His books, In the Heart of Africa
and Madagascar: Travels in a World Apart
, gather images from 15 years of work in Africa.
His photographs have been published in publications around the world, including GEO
, Le Figaro Magazine
, and many others. His photographs first appeared in National Geographic
in a September 2005 article on oil in Africa.
Maitre is based in Paris, France.
Source: National Geographic
After studying psychology, he starts his carrier as photojournalist with the Jeune Afrique
press group. In 1984 he joins the Gamma
staff and then in 1989, he cofounds the Odyssey Images
agency. From 1994 to 2018, he was a member of Cosmos Agency
. He is now represented by MYOP
He has worked with many prestigious international magazines including, the Figaro Magazine
, Paris Match
and the National Geographic
In 2000, he published My Africa
, a book that compiles 15 years of his work on this continent, with Aperture
in the USA and Geo in Germany. In September 2001, the French version is released by Vents de Sable editions. In 2012 he publishes Amazing Africa
, a compilation of 30 years of his work on Africa, with edition Lammerhuber and Unesco.
Pascal Maitre has worked in over 40 countries in Africa, while tackling many different aspects, men and their way of life, politics, conflicts, tradition or the environement.
He received numerous awards, including some World Press Photo
awards, the AFD/Polka Prize for the Best Photo Report Project, the VISA D’Or 'Honneur for Lifetime Achievement'.
He had eight personal exhibitions at Visa pour l'Image
in Perpignan, two personal exhibitions at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie
in Paris and a personal exhibition about his work at The Arche de la Défense in Paris.