Claudine Doury is a French photographer who lives and works in Paris.
After having been a photo editor in Paris for the “Gamma” Agency and the newspaper “Liberation” as well as for the agency “Contact Press Images” in New York, she became a freelance photographer. She is a member of the “Vu” agency and is represented at the Galerie Particulière in Paris and in Brussels.
Her photography is focused on memory and transition. This is illustrated by her first series:
“People of Siberia” documents ways of life which are slowly disappearing.
“Artek, Summer in Crimea” captures collective changes in Russian society which is in upheaval, as well as the transformations of the young people in this old pioneer camp.
“Loulan Beauty” superimposes two visions of Central Asia: the end of the Soviet model and the old scenes that remain, immemorial, carried by young modern women who resemble Loulan Beauty, but 4,000 years older.
With “Sasha”, a piece of work about the loss of a childhood, these rituals are set in place, these moments of suspension, the intersection of all possibilities.
The focus of her current work is found between documentary and fiction.
Claudine Doury is successfully the winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award in 1999 and the World Press Photo Award in 2000 for her work on the Siberian People.
In 2004, she received the Niepce prize for all of her work.
She has published four monographs: Siberian people (Le Seuil Editions), Artek, a summer in Crimea (Editions La Martinière), Loulan Beauty (Editions du Chêne) and Sasha (Editions Le Caillou Bleu).
“Calling together ones desires and fears, digging and fetching one’s own voice. Learning to embody one’s own inner world by using the visible world.” Claudine Doury
“I have really enjoyed working with Claudine and am very glad to have the opportunity. Living in an extremely rural location it is very hard for me to make connections and interact with other photographers. I am not sure how it would compare to the face to face reviews and workshops offered at various festivals but for someone who doesn’t have easy access to those events it offers a very useful alternative.
One of the things I enjoyed most was meeting Claudine. She is talented, intelligent, witty and able to get her own experience across to others. Anyone that has taught I think will agree that that is the true challenge. Being able to work with someone so involved in and passionate about photography was exactly what I needed. She very quickly brought a level of clarity to a body of work I have been struggling with. This has enabled me to see for myself what I think is missing from the project, begin pushing it farther and taking more chances.