Antoine D'Agata

French, b. 1961

Born in Marseilles, Antoine d'Agata left France in 1983 and remained overseas for the next ten years. Finding himself in New York in 1990, he pursued an interest in photography by taking courses at the International Center of Photography, where his teachers included Larry Clark and Nan Goldin.

During his time in New York , in 1991-92, D'Agata worked as an intern in the editorial department of Magnum, but despite his experiences and training in the US, after his return to France in 1993 he took a four-year break from photography. His first books of photographs, De Mala Muerte and Mala Noche, were published in 1998, and the following year Galerie Vu began distributing his work. In 2001 he published Hometown, and won the Niépce Prize for young photographers. He continued to publish regularly: Vortex and Insomnia appeared in 2003, accompanying his exhibition 1001 Nuits, which opened in Paris in September; Stigma was published in 2004, and Manifeste in 2005.

In 2004 D'Agata joined Magnum Photos and in the same year, shot his first short film, Le Ventre du Monde (The World's Belly); this experiment led to his long feature film Aka Ana, shot in 2006 in Tokyo.

Since 2005 Antoine d'Agata has had no settled place of residence but has worked around the world.


Awards

2004       The Higashikawa Overseas Prize, Japan
2001       Prix Niepce, France
1999       Forscher Fellowship Award, New York, USA
1999       Bourse Villa Médicis, Hors les murs, France
1994       First Prize, Festival des Jeunes Créateurs, Paris, France
 

Exhibitions

2006        Vortex - Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
2004        1001 Nuits - FOAM, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Forum für Zeitgenössische 
               Fotografie, Köln, Germany
2004        Divinus Deus - Galerie Vu, Paris, France; Rencontres Internationales
               de la Photographie, Arles, France
2004        Insomnia, Home Town, Mala Noche - Maison de la Photographie, Toulon, France
2003        Scénographies Urbaines - New Bell, Douala, Cameroon
2003        La Frontera - the Border - Picto, Paris, France
2003        Fragment - Galeries FNAC, Paris, France; Madrid, Spain
2002        Face to Face - Psychogéographie, Ö.Ö. - Landesmuseum, Linz, Austria; Fotohof
               Gallery, Salzburg, Austria
2002        L'imaginaire National - CRCO, Chapelle de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Cherbourg,
               France
2002        Ulysses'nin Gözleri - IFSAK, Fotograf Günleri, Istanbul, Turkey
2002        Troubles - Les Ateliers de l'Image, St Rémy de Provence, France
2002        Memorias da Cidade - Encontros de Imagen, Braga, Portugal
2001        Prix Niepce - Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris,  France
2001        Border Stories - IXe Biennale Internazionale di Fotografia, Torino, Italy
2001        Photographies 1991-2001 - Centre Atlantique de la Photographie, Brest,
               France
2001        Itinéraires Imaginaires - Palais de la Culture, Bamako, Mali
2001        4+1 (Little song) - CCNRB, Rennes, France
2000        Untitled - Galerie Vu, Paris, France
2000        Positions, Attitudes, Actions - Biennale de Rotterdam, Netherlands
1999/00   Mala Noche - Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain;
               Encontros da Imagem, Braga, Portugal
1999        Photographies - Centre Culturel Français de Gaza, Israel
1999        Méditerranides - Centre Culturel Français de Palermo, Italy
1998        105 Portraits - Automne Méditerranéen, Ivry, France
1998        Mala Noche - galeries FNAC, Nantes, Marseille, France
1998        Photographies - Institut Français, Barcelona, Spain
1998        De Mala Muerte - La Comédie du Regard, Montpellier, France; A La Librairie, Paris, 
               France
1998        Passage - Kunsthaus, Hamburg, Germany
1997        Bernard Plossu + Antoine D’Agata, Les Pluriels Mexicains - Festival des Trois Continents, DRAC, 
               Nantes, France
1997        Autopsie d’un Voyage Ordinaire - Galerie Là-bas, Marseille, France
1995        Chiapas, Année Zéro - Galerie Au Fil du Temps, Arles, France
1995        Photographies  - Festival des Jeunes Créateurs, Le Divan du Monde, Paris, France

Books

2005        Manifeste - Le Point du Jour Editeur, France
2005        Psychogéographie - Le Point du Jour Editeur, France
2004        La Ville sans Nom, Le Point du Jour Editeur, France
2004        Stigma, Images en Manoeuvre, France
2003        Insomnia, Images en Manoeuvre, France
2003        Vortex, Éditions Atlantica, France
2001        Hometown, Le Point du Jour Editeur, France
2001        Antoine d'Agata, Centro de Estudios Fotograficos, Spain
1998        Mala Noche, En Vue, France
1998        De Mala Muerte, Le Point du Jour Editeur, France

Films

2004       Le Ventre du Monde (12')