Franck Vogel

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FRANCK VOGEL Born in 1977, he is based in Paris. "I had a dream: travel the world with my camera". In 2002, after a Masters degree in business and... read on


Born in 1977, he is based in Paris.

"I had a dream: travel the world with my camera".
In 2002, after a Masters degree in business and marketing from AGRO ParisTech, Franck Vogel decided to set off round the world without a penny, with only his backpack and his Canon camera. Over the course of a year, he took dirt tracks and roads, sailed seas and oceans by means of transport worthy of Jules Verne (dugout canoe, sailing boat, truck, camel, bike...and his legs). His main goal was to meet human beings.

After one year of hitch-hiking, 8000 pictures and a fabulous human adventure, he decided to jump into photojournalism. This "180-degree" life change was a new challenge as well as an awakening in his personal life and the part he wished to play on Earth.

Franck Vogel works as a freelance photojournalist on social and environmental issues for the international press (Paris Match, GEO, Le Monde magazine, NRC Weekblad, Animan, Discovery magazine…).

Since 2007, he has focused on the unique relationships between Nature and Human beings to show the World that it’s possible to live in harmony. Most reportage depict the worst, Franck decided to bring hope. In India, his story on the Bishnois, the world’s first environmentalists, illustrates this in the best way. This work has been published all over the world, including GEO magazine for its special 30th anniversary in 2009, and featured inside Parisian Metro stations in 2011 (Montparnasse) and 2012 (Luxembourg). Over 12 million visitors have seen those huge exhibitions. To give a wider audience, Franck Vogel wrote and co-directed a 52 min documentary film for France 5, “Rajasthan, l’âme d’un prophète” (The Bishnois, India’s eco-warriors), broadcasted in June 2011.

His work to denounce the Albino killings in Tanzania has been featured in magazines and exhibited around the world (Rencontres d’Arles, Visa pour l’Image, Pingyao Photo Festival in China…), and his book on “I’m not a talisman” has been published by Michel Lafon in 2012.

He is currently focusing on water tensions and completed a story on the Nile for the new International Photoreporter Festival in St Brieuc (France), exhibited in October 2012.

He is ambassador for Green Cross France, Mikhaïl Gorbatchev’s NGO for environment.

Paris Match, GEO magazine (France, Spain, Italy...), Courrier International, Le Monde magazine, NRC Weekblad, Animan, Ushuaia magazine, Rhythms Monthly, Discovery magazine,…


ALBINO reportage:
- SCOOP Festival in Angers (France), November 2009
- Parole Photographic 2010 exhibitions in Paris (MK2 Bibliotheque, Forum des Halles, and St Lazare train station)

BISHNOI reportage:
- Sommets de l’Image, Dec 2008 to April 2009 – COURCHEVEL (France)


ALBINO reportage:
- WINNER Parole Photographique 2010 with Christian Caujolle as jury president
- Short-listed Bourse du Talent 2010
- Short-listed SCOOP Angers Photo Award 2009

BISHNOI reportage:
- WINNER International Environmental Award PLANETE MANCHE 2009
- Honorable Mention – Prix de la Photo de Paris PX3 2009
- Short-listed SCOOP Angers Photo Award 2009
- Best story awarded by France 3 TV News “SOIR 3”