Laurent Weyl

Strasbourg, France


French, b. 1971

Born in Strasbourg Laurent focuses his work on social documentary and environmental and geopolitic issues. His documentary work often covers challenging human situations such as urban poverty in the world's large cities as well as socio-ethnological subject such as life in the region surrounding the Aral Sea.

His work is regularly shown at photo festivals like Visa pour l'Image in Perpignan and Les Rencontres d'Arles and in exhibitions around the world. He has been published in French and international publications including Figaro Magazine, Geo Voyage, Geo Magazine, Flair Italy and El Pais in Spain.

A specialist of South East Asia, Laurent lived in Vietnam for four years from 2012 to 2016.

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On the ochre plains along the Mekong River the station emerges like a monumental pagoda of glass and steel.

In April 2019 the world looked on in horror as the roof of Notre Dame de Paris, one of the most famous churches in the world, went up in flames.

The Ecole des mousses is France’s premier naval college that takes in around 240 young men and women every year and trains them to be the future sailors of the Marine nationale.

Walking for hours under a blazing sun to sell mangoes, spending 12 to 13 hours a day repairing flat tyres or breaking rocks in a quarry – Emilienne (13), Roger (13) and Marc (15) never imagined that they would have to provide meals for their families this early in their young lives.

More than the health crisis, the economic crisis linked to Covid-19 has driven millions of people into poverty and hunger, especially in one of the poorest countries in the world, the Central African Republic (CAR).

It is difficult to imagine a more remote place yet on the Marquesas Islands, an archipelago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, halfway between South America and Australia, a group of children have come up with a radical approach to conservation.

Over the past 10 years, the weather in the Arctic has been changing at an unprecedented rate.

Global warming poses a direct threat to the island nation of Tuvalu.

Until early 2018, a tall, decrepit concrete tower, known as the President Hotel, loomed over the streets of Cholon, Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinatown.

Bangalore, the centre of India’s ‘Silicon Valley’, is running out of water.

Bangladesh is one of the countries most affected by global warming with a large and growing population and a lot of low lying land.

Indonesia, a country of over 14,000 islands where almost one in ten workers is employed in the tourism industry, has every reason to be worried about the exponential growth of plastic waste that is floating in its rivers and into the sea, washing up on its beaches.

From December to March the frozen waters of what remains of the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan’s vast western desert play host to a strange ritual; Wooly camels slowly wander through the snowy landscape dragging nets or sleighs laden with fish.