After completing a Master's degree in linguistics, Raphaël taught French in the U.K., Syria, Hong Kong and in mainland China before turning to photography in 2008 after an internship at Time magazine. He currently lives and works in Paris after several years spent in China and more recently a year in Turkey, two countries on which his focus remains strong.

Represented by Divergence

COMMISSIONED EDITORIAL WORK : Libération, L'Obs, Financial Times, Paris Match, Le Monde, El Pais, Néon, Bild, Géo Ado, Causette, Amnesty International Journal, Le Point Afrique, Colors, Afrique Magazine, La Chronique (Amnesty International), Wedemain

ONLINE EDITORIAL WORK : CNN, The Washington Post, Paris Match, Zeit Online, El Pais, Vice, Private, Le Quatre Heures

CORPORATE CLIENTS : The European Union, Musée Rodin, le Musée du Quai Branly, Greenpeace, Total, Alliances françaises, Paris Musées, le Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris, Beijing Fashion Week, EPIDE, The Children of Ningxia, ACAT, Cabbeen, la Ville de Bondy, la Ville de Houilles, la Ville de Thiais, Plaine Commune, CAF de Paris, SEDIF, CCCA-BTP

COMMUNICATION AGENCIES : Publicis-Emotion, Auditoire, Open Mind, Oh ah, Transterra Media, Sport Passion


  • Masterclass with Jan Grarup at ISSP Riga (Latvia), 2013
  • Internship at Time magazine photo department, Hong Kong, 2007


  • Finalist Concours Sophot 2019
  • Shortlisted for the Marco Pesaresi Prize, 2015
  • Shortlisted for the Prix Mentor award, 2015
  • Shortlisted for the SCAM Prix Roger Pic award, 2015
  • Shortlisted for the Manuel Riveira-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography and Film grant, 2014


  • 2021, collective exhibition with collective Le Terrier, "Ouessant stories", Paris, France
  • 2019, collective exhibition with Divergence Images at Vannes Photo Festival, France
  • 2018, invitation by Amnesty International to give a talk at "Rendez-vous de l'Histoire", about the iconic representation of migration, Blois, France
  • 2016, group exhibition "MOE UE Burkina Faso" organized by the European Union, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2014, group exhibition at Galerie Huit, Arles, with other shortlisted photographers for the Manuel Riveira-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography and Film grant
  • 2012, Projection of “BeiJing FORMAT” series in Quai Branly museum, Paris, as part of BEFORE the exhibition Les Séductions du Palais
  • 2011, Exhibition of “Blue Boy Mansion”in White Box Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2011, Exhibition of “Blue Boy Mansion” in Alliance française of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2011, Group exhibition with Fedephoto photographers in Nice, France
  • 2008, Group exhibition at Goncharova Gallery, Beijing, China
  • 2008, Exhibition at Mix Graphik Gallery, Blois, France
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