Cyril CavaliÃ© was born in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on November 26, 1973.
In 1994, upon graduating with a degree in economics and law, he immediatly began working in press, first as a graphic designer, next as a copy editor, then as a journalist.
He began his carrer in photojournalism in 2000, with a photo essay on the social experiment of Burning Man, in the Nevada desert, published extensively, winning worldwide acclaim around the globe for his coverage.
Day after day, he has dedicated his photographic carreer to documenting the social and political questions that define our times, covering stories about utopia, temporary autonomous zones and new urban phenomenons, becoming known as an astute chronicler of contemporary social issues.
Since five years, he has started documenting events linked to topics which are generating unremitting debates (cctv, advertising, nuclear power, gmo…), and to their direct consequence, the rise of new contesting forms, with a special emphasis on events in Europe.
In 2006, he joined Luna, an association of photographers, with whom he created Lunatic, an online photo magazine dedicated to contemporary photojournalism.
At the end of the year, at a time when media were discussing suicides in the French workplace, his girlfriend killed herself defenestrating after loosing her job, while being approached by a sect. A tragedy and a shock for Cyril, hit hard by post-traumatic stress desorder. A life with a before and an after.
In 2008, he has been arrested by the Belgium police, while doing his job, taking pictures in a public area next to NATO headquarters, and kept prisoner in Brussel for seven hours, inside a tiny cell with five people. A discretionary detention he amazingly succeeded in shooting to testify against arbitrariness.
A few months later, he quitted Luna, starting point of producing socially-relevant stories under his own, while working on portrait photography, corporate and press commissions.
Cyril CavaliÃ©’s work as a journalist and as a freelance photographer has appeared in Le Monde, Paris Match, VSD and Le Nouvel Observateur, to name but a few, as well as in numerous magazines worldwide.
He is currently working on a book: “The new protesters”, which will summarize his engagement.