Quote: "Je suis devenu photographe parce que je n'ai pas de mémoire. La photographie me permet de reconstituer les albums de famille que je n'ai jamais eus, dont les images manquantes sont devenues le moteur de mes recherches. Mes planches-contacts sont mon journal intime."

Patrick Zachmann joined Magnum Photos in 1985 and became a full Member in 1990.

French, b. 1955

Patrick Zachmann has been a freelance photographer since 1976 and member of Magnum Photos since 1990, he has dedicated himself to long-term projects on cultural identity, memory and immigration.

Zachmann's reportage on the Naples Mafia led to the publication of the book Madonna! (1982). From 1982 to 1984 he worked both on a project on highway landscapes supported by the French Ministry of Culture, and on the challenges of integration facing young French Arabs in the northern neighborhoods of Marseilles.

After working for seven years on a personal project about Jewish identity, Zachmann published his second book, Enquête d'Identité (Inquest on Identity), in 1987. In 1989 his story on Beijing's Tiananmen Square was widely published in the international press. Together with other photographers, he created Droit de Regard, an association for the protection and promotion of authorship in press photography.

Still fascinated by the themes of immigration, Zachmann focused on the Chinese diaspora, resulting in the book W., ou L'?il d'un Long Nez (1995), followed by a critically acclaimed exhibition. In 1997 he exhibited his work on Malian emigration.

Between 1996 and 1998, Zachmann directed the short film La Mémoire de Mon Père, followed by his first feature-length film Allers-retour: Journal d'un Photographe. Both have won awards and have been featured in numerous film festivals.

In 2004 the Parc de la Villette commissioned Zachmann to carry out a study on the Muslim community in Paris and the ?le-de-France region. Currently, he is working on a project about nocturnal life in cities, using impressionistic images built on the artificial lights and colors of the night. He is also working on a new book on China.


1992 Merit Award, Art Directors Club
1989 Prix Niepce
1986 Villa Médicis Hors les Murs, French Ministry of Foreign Affaires
1983 Prix Austerlitz
1982 Prix Air France


2001/04 Chili. Une Mémoire en Route - Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago de Chile,
Chile; Centre d’Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation, Lyon,
France; International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China; Photography
Festival, Rome, Italy; Gallery of the French Institute, Barcelona, Spain
1998 Enquête d’Identité - Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Juda?sme, Paris, France
1995/00 L’?il d’un Long-Nez - Visa pour l’Image, Perpignan, France; The Photographers’
Gallery, London, U.K.; Sala Municipal, Valladolid, Spain
(traveled to ten countries in Asia).
1997 Maliens, Ici et Là-Bas - Parc de la Villette, Paris, France
1993 Et la famille Ca Va? - Galerie du Théatre de l’Agora d’Evry, France
1992 Ici et Là-Bas - Centre Culturel Fran?ais, Oran, Algeria
1991 Patrick Zachmann 1980-1990: Identités - Galerie du Théatre de l’Agora
d’Evry, France
1990 Patrick Zachmann - Galerie Municipale du Chateau d’eau, Toulouse, France
1989 Monographie - Galerie ABC, Gand, Belgium
1989 Prix Niepce - Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
1987 Enquete d’Identité - Galerie Magnum, Paris, France
1985 Banlieue - Exposition produite par Actuel, FNAC, Paris, France
1984 Enquête d’Identité - Galerie FNAC Forum, Paris, France
1983 Madonna! – Galerie FNAC, Paris, France


2002 Chili, les Routes de la Mémoire, Marval, France
1997 Maliens, Ici et Là-Bas, Plume, France
1995 W. ou l’?il d’un Long-Nez (W. or the Eye of a Long-Nose), Marval, France;
1993 20 Ans de Rêves, Syria Editions, France
1987 Enquête d’Identité, un Juif à la Recherche de sa Mémoire, Contrejour,
1983 Madonna! (with Claude Kotz), Editions de L’Etoile, France


2002 Allers-Retour: Journal d’un Photographe, (beta, color, 68')
1992 Hong Kong 1997, (video images for the film directed by Jean-Christophe
Victor, 30')
1991 La Memoire de Mon Père, beta, color, 31')


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