Denis Dailleux, Misr—mon Égypte

20 April — 1 June 2024

The portraits of Egypt by acclaimed French photographer Denis Dailleux are characterised by a unique dedication and empathy. Dailleux approaches the people and places he photographs with great discretion, hoping that they will open up to him without expecting them to. The result is a collection of painterly photographs that transcend time and place.

"The Egypt of Denis Dailleux reveals itself as (...) a place that harbors the eternal and the ineffable."  Christian Lacroix

"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."  Christian Caujolle, founder of Agence VU

Denis Dailleux was born in 1958 in Angers, France. He has published several books on Egypt (particularly Cairo), his impressions of the "Arab Spring," and Ghana. Dailleux has received numerous international awards, including the Monographies Award in 1997, the World Press Photo Award in the Portrait category in 2000, the Hasselblad Award in 2000, the Fujifilm Award in 2001, and the World Press Photo Award in 2014 in the Staged Portraits category (2nd place), and the Prix Roger Pic in 2019. He is a member of the Agence VU and currently lives in Paris.

His work is part of numerous institutional and private collections, including the Agnès B. private collection, the Fond National d'Art Contemporain, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, and the Neuflize Vie collection.