Antoine d’Agata is a French photographer born in Marseilles in 1961, where he spent his teenage years in violent combats for political militancy. Fascinated by the marginality, he had shared total experiences with whores, junkies, thugs. He left France in 1983 to travel the world. He went first to Central America, to distant revolutions, tin the search of self-destruction energy. Finding himself in New York in the early 90’s, he pursued an interest in photography by taking courses at the International Center of Photography where his teachers included Larry Clark and Nan Goldin. During his time in New York D'Agata worked in the editorial department of Magnum. His first books of photographs, De Mala Muerte and Mala Noche, were published in 1998, and the following year Galerie Vu began distributing his work. In 2001 he published “Hometown”, and won the Niépce Prize for young photographers. He continued to exhibit and publish regularly: “Vortex” and “Insomnia” were published in 2003, “Stigma” in 2004, “Manifeste” in 2005.
In 2004 D'Agata joined Magnum Photos and in the same year he shot his first short film “Le Ventre du Monde” (The World's Belly). This experiment led to his long feature film “Aka Ana”, shot in 2006 in Tokyo.
Since 2005 Antoine d'Agata has had no settled place of residence : he works around the world. He has numerous solo exhibitions in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, UK, Russia, USA, Brasil, Mexique, Japan, Australia, Syria, Cameroun, Mali, etc… and publish several books a year (the last one, “Lilith”, to be published in Feb 2018) .
Since years he dedicates himself a lot in teaching through many workshops worldwide. He is also deeply involved in the Angkor Photo Festival which he helped to start and where he offers photography workshops to children and young adults at no charge for the past 10 years.
CHARBON exhibition : here