Bénédicte Desrus (France, 1976) is an award-winning documentary photographer based in Mexico City and working worldwide. She is represented by Sipa Press USA and has worked throughout Europe, East Africa, the United States and Latin America.
She focuses on humanitarian and social issues around the world.
Her photography explores the lives of people ostracized by society, and the communities they form to survive and find respect. She often spends months with her subjects. Recent stories explored the lives of elderly sex workers living in a shelter in Mexico City, the persecution of homosexuality in Uganda, the albinos killing in Tanzania and global obesity.
Her work has appeared in Harper’s magazine, The New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Toronto Star, Le Monde, Courrier International, Internazionale, Aftenposten, De Volkskrant, Udvikling, Esquire, Marie Claire, Grazia, Elle, Henne, L’Equipe Magazine and Néon, among others.
Her photographs are published in the book: “40 years of Photojournalism: Generation Sipa” by Michel Setboun & Sylvie Dauvillier, © 2012, Éditions de La Martinière – France.
She coauthored the book “Las amorosas más bravas” (“Tough Love”), released in march 2014. The seven-year-long project documents the lives of the women living in the Casa Xochiquetzal, a shelter for elderly sex workers in Mexico City.
She has earned numerous awards and distinctions including:
2014 The Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA), Honorable Mention
2013 Humanity Photo Awards – China Folklore Photographic Association, Documentary Awards’ Winner
2013 REVELA – II International Photography Award for the Social Rights Holders, Winner
2012 Mexico Contemporary Photography Contest – Mexican Foundation of Cinema and Arts in Coahuila, Winner
2012 The New York Photo Awards, Documentary category’s Winner
2012 International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention
2012 NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism, Still Photography & Contemporary Issues’ Honorable Mention
2012 OPEN Photo – Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), First runner up
2012 PDN Photo Annual, Winner
2012 New York Photo Festival, Invitational Winner
2012 Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards, Portrait category’s Third Prize
2011 Pride Photo Award, First prize for Documentary
2011 Humanity Photo Awards – China Folklore Photographic Association, Nomination Award
2011 XIV Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography, Exhibition
2011 Open Society Institute (OSI) – Moving Walls 18, Documentary Photography Exhibition