Denis Dailleux

French Photographer | Born: 1958
Denis Dailleux, (b. 1958, Angers) lives in Paris when he is not in India, Egypt or Ghana. Reprensed by Agency Vu', Camera Obscura Gallery (Paris), Galerie 127 (Marrakech) and Galerie Peter Sellem (Francfort), his work has been exhibited and distinguished worldwide.

He is the acclaimed author of several books about Egypt: Habibi Cairo, Le Caire mon amour (Filigranes, 1997), Le Caire (Le Chêne, 2001), Impressions d'Egypte (La Martinière, 2011), Egypte, Les Martyrs de la révolution (Le Bec en lair, 2014) and Mères et fils (Le Bec en l'air, 2014). For this last series, Denis Dailleux won second place at the World Press Photo Award in the category "Staged Portraits". In 2016 he also published Ghana, We Shall Meet Again with Bec en L'air.

Imbued with his distinctive delicacy, Denis Dailleux's photographic work appears calm on the surface, yet is incredibly demanding, run through by an undercurrent of constant self-doubt and propelled by the essential personal bond he develops with those (and that which) he frames with his camera.

His passion for people has naturally led him to develop portraiture as his preferred means of representing those whose true self he feels an urge to get closer to. Which he has, with actress Catherine Deneuve as well as with countless anonymous subjects from the slums of Cairo, working with the same discretion, waiting to get from his subjects what he is hoping they will offer him, without ever asking for it, simply hoping that it will happen. That is how he has patiently constructed a unique portrait of his beloved Cairo to create, with black and whites of exemplary classicism and colors of rare subtlety, the definite alternative to the heaps of cultural and touristic clichés which clutter our minds.

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Egypte, les martyrs de la révolution
Author: Denis Dailleux
Publisher: Le Bec en l'air
Year: 2013 - Pages: 104
Through his photographs, Denis Dailleux pays tribute to the martyrs, men and women - often young - who lost their lives in the Egyptian Revolution of 28 January 2011, victims of police violence and pro-Mubarak militia. Mahmoud Farag and Abdellah Taïa trace the lives of the deceased and the nature of their commitment from the accounts of witness and relatives.
 
Fils de roi, portraits d
Author: Denis Dailleux
Publisher: Gallimard
Year: 2008 - Pages: 128
By practicing a seemingly calm, demanding photography, inhabited by permanent doubts, Denis Cailleux patiently constructed for fifteen years an unpublished portrait of Egypt.
 
Le Caire
Author: Denis Dailleux
Publisher: Le Chêne
Year: 2001 - Pages: 176
The seers, believing the hour had come, lifted their eyes towards the heavens and there saw al-Qâhir shining a brilliant crimson. This is how the capital of Egypt was named al-Qahira, “the victorious,” and its foundations became inseperable from space, light, the universe…
 
Habibi Cairo
Author: Denis Dailleux
Publisher: Filigranes
Year: 1997 - Pages: 36
These faces of children, men and women, imprints of poetry and affection take us to the neighborhoods where these families live. The delicate and sensitive eye of a photographer craves for meaning beyond the mundane.
 
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