Christophe Calais


Born in 1969, Christophe Calais begins his career at the national newspaper France-Soir in 1990. In 1992, he becomes a staff photographer at VSD magazine and covers international news for six years, with a particular interest in Rwanda, a country on which he still reports today. Rewarded by the Scoop d’Angers Festival in 1997, his work on Rwanda has led to the publication of a book, Le cri des morts, le silence des vivants, and to an exhibition at the 1998 Perpignan Visa pour l’Image festival. In 1998, Christophe decides to become a freelancer and his work is published by several international magazines. In 2002, he is the co-author of a documentary film on Rwanda, based on his photographic work. His new book, Rwanda, le pays hanté, is published in 2006 and exhibited at the group show Pour une photographie engagée at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris. Six years ago, Christophe started to work on a long-term project about refugee resettlement in America. Part of this work was exhibited at Honfleur festival in 2004 and shown at the Africa Fast forward exhibition in Brussels in 2009. In 2011, Christophe Calais’ photos and books on Rwanda are donated for consultation at Iriba center for multimedia heritage in Kigali. In 2012, he contributes to the Bosnia 1992-1995 project.

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