Tanguy is a travel and documentary photographer, based between Paris & New York City since 2008. After working on cultural & religious minorities in Western China, India/Pak and Nepal, he now focuses his work on stories in the South West USA, and recently started a fine art project on the American Roads. When not on assignment, he goes back to nature to hike, ski, sail or just to explore.
Tanguy’s an avid traveller, open-minded and curious (and can be a thrill-seeker at times)… No wonder, he spent his entire childhood in Zaïre [DR Congo], Africa, then went to Canada to study Anthropology and Cinema (and skiing), and sailed around the Mediterranean sea! After photographing Buddhists communities in Himalaya, the Uyghur in Central Asia and the Christians in India, he left his copy-writer’s work in Paris, and settled in NYC.
Tanguy speaks French/English/Spanish (while sometimes making one believe he speaks foreign dialects!) and, because he lived and worked in many countries, he has a very keen ability to interact with anyone. Tanguy’s been known to chat with Maoist rebels in Nepal, dialogue with hunters in Alaska and fishermen in Mississippi, or converse with Indian socialites and wealthy families on the Chinese Silk Road. He lived with sheepherders in Zanskar, Hindu pilgrims in a Kashmir cave, isolated villagers in Morocco, and Buddhists monks in a remote monastery, but also spent days driving through the United States, trekked for weeks in remote areas in Himalaya, Iceland and the Sahara, and spent months on a sailing boat. I think he just loves to explore new places, meet different people and try to understand how they live -probably like when he was a kid in Africa, he just now has a camera to try to make sense of his world…
-by Michael Brandy.
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