THROUGH THE EYE Photography by matthieu alexandre




"We can still change the images of the world if not the world itself."
(Wim Wenders)

matthieu alexandre
b.1974 in Paris, France

Professional photographer since 1998. My career as a reporter for humanitarian organizations and for international news agencies has taken me to more than 50 countries among which Afghanistan, Centrafrica, Iraq, Lebanon, Nunavut, South Sudan, Ukraine.
My photo-essay Workless Hopeful Workers, a world tour of the Emmaüs communities, marks the start of my career with the Sygma agency and my first publication in a weekly magazine in 1999. Since then, my photographs have been distributed by Agence VU and Corbis before I worked for Agence France Presse (AFP) then Associated Press (AP) until 2018. My photographs are published in the international press (Le Monde, The New York Times, The Guardian...) and have been exhibited in New York, Montreal, Geneva, Milano and Paris. In 2019 I co-founded the agency inTERREviews. My work is devoted to Human Rights and environmental issues. I aim to develop long-term photo-essays.

"Of grapes & Men" Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards (New York, USA, 2021)
"Iraqi refugees in the Middle East" First Prize Reportage, Ars Imago (Roma, Italia, 2010)
"Iraqi refugees in the Middle East" Shortlisted, Anthropographia Awards (Geneva, Switzerland, 2010)
"Workless Hopeful Workers" Shorlisted, Visa pour l'image (Perpignan, France, 2004)
"Workless Hopeful Workers" Shortlisted, Festival du Scoop et du Journalisme (Angers, France, 1999)
"Enfants du Nepal" Bourse de l'Aventure, Mairie de Paris (Paris, France, 1999)

My photographs have been published in the following books :
South Africa, with Marjolaine Edouard, Ed. Through The Eye, 2018
La Farce des Hommes-Foudre with Loïc Verdier, Ed. Casterman, 2018 (Prix du Meilleur Scénario Festival BD de Moulins 2019)
Circumpolaris, Éric Brossier et France Pinczon du Sel, Ed. Glénat, 2007 (prix de l'Académie de Marine 2008)
Le Pain par Poilâne, Lionel Poilâne et Apollonia Poilâne, Ed. Le Cherche-midi, 2005
Victoire d’un vagabond, (coll.), Ed. Loisirs Nautiques, 2003
Les Combats d’Emmaüs, Denis Lefèvre, Ed. Le Cherche-midi, 1999 

I also wrote two short stories inspired by my travels in Northern Ireland and Moldova (link in interviews below) :
Les arbres de Fées, Edilivre, 2017
Fleur de Pâques, Edilivre, 2017

Links to interviews :
12 september 2017 (french)
17 november 2011 (french)
11 september 2011 (english)

Exhibitions : 
The last exhibition to date which can still be visited : Musée du Jamborée, Moisson, Yvelines, France (until october 31, 2021)
Next exhibition to come : "Of grapes & Men" (Du raisin et des Hommes), Sentier poétique, Val du Layon, France (from october 10, 2021)

I founded the non-profit organization Enfants du Nepal in 1994 with Pramod Khakurel. We have built a primary school in the hills near Kathmandu at 2500 meters. We subsidized and sponsored the school until it was recognized and supported by the state after the conflict in 2006. The school withstood the earthquake in 2015 and continues to operate.

In 1998 I created the cooperative of photographers Through The Eye. We were three of us (Franklin Erder, Pramod Khakhurel and I) reporting on the school construction. This collective report was exhibited in Paris in 1999.