Alexis Cordesse
Photo credit : Alexis Cordesse

Alexis Cordesse

Alexis Cordesse
Photo credit : Alexis Cordesse


Born in the heart of Paris in 1971, Alexis Cordesse's journey with photography is as much about the image as it is about the narratives often left untold. His early career saw him as a photoreporter, capturing the tumultuous aftermath of the Soviet bloc's collapse. His evocative frames found their way into both domestic and international publications.

However, as the mid-90s approached, Cordesse's perspective shifted. He revisited conflict zones, this time armed with a renewed ethical and artistic approach. His works, a testament to his evolving vision, have graced esteemed photography venues globally and have been embraced by numerous public and private collections.

Cordesse's prowess extends beyond stills. In 1997, his short film "Itsembatsemba. Rwanda, un génocide plus tard" was honoured with the Merit Winner at the San Francisco International Film Festival and a special mention at the Bilbao Documentary Film Festival. His accolades include the Lucien and Rodolf Hervé Prize in 2010 and the Arcimboldo Prize in 2011 for his project "Borderlines".


• 2020 - J’AI MARCHÉ DANS LA SOMNOLENCE DE MONDES CONTRAIRES (I Walked in the Drowsiness of Opposing Worlds), self-published artist book

• 2011 - BORDERLINES, limited edition portfolio – Niépce Museum & Caen Artothèque, FR

• 2010 - PRIX LUCIEN ET RODOLF HERVÉ 2010, catalogue, Vimagies, FR

• 2006 - CLICHY SANS CLICHÉS, Robert Delpire Editions / Acte Sud, FR

• 2005 - DU BEAU TRAVAIL! (Beautiful Work!), with Zoé Varier, Trans Photographic Press Editions, FR

• 2004 - EUROPA, L’ESPRIT DES VILLES (Europa, The Spirit of Cities), Lieux dits Editions, FR

GENERATION X, World Press Photo Masterclass, Gijs Stork Publisher, NL

• 2003 - 2/15 – THE DAY THE WORLD SAID NO TO THE WAR, Hello Editions, New York, US