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FRANCK VOGEL

Born in 1977, he is based in Paris.

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 photographer on social and environmental issues. In 2004, in Albania, on assignment for Patrimoine sans Frontières (a French NGO dedicated to preserving endangered cultural heritage sites), he depicted the restoration of unique Orthodox churches in Voskopojë as well as the last of their founders, the Aromanians. This work has been shown in France and Albania in exhibitions, conferences, books and well-known magazines (Le Monde magazine, Courrier International,...). In Ukraine, he took photos of Crimean Tatars and their tough post-soviet return to their motherland after having been deported by Stalin in May 1944. 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 reportages depict the worst, Franck decided to bring hope. In India, his most recent story on 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 documentary film for France 5, “Rajasthan, l’âme d’un prophète” (Rajasthan, the soul of a prophet), broadcasted June 11th, 2011. The film was awarded the Phoenix d'Or 2011 and the Terre Sauvage Award 2013.

His recent 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 Michel Lafon Publishing released his book on Albinos in 2012. The new book "Zeru, Zeru" is available on blurb.com

He is currently focusing on transboundary water tensions and completed the first story on the Nile for the new Photoreporter Festival in St Brieuc (France) in 2012. It was published by GEO, Stern and Le Monde Diplomatique. The next river will be the Brahmaputra.

October 4th, 2013, Franck received the highest honors for promoting Bishnoi culture from all their religious and political leaders at Mukam festival (India) in front of thousands of pilgrims.

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