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Jean Michel Clajot

Jean Michel Clajot

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Profession: Photographer
Location: Brussels , Belgium
Home base: Belgium, Brussels
URL: http://www.jmclajot.net
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Languages spoken: French, English
Organization: Freelance - Cosmos Agency Paris
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Leuven-born photographer Jean-Michel Clajot, represented by Cosmos Agency in Paris, is known for his modern and distinctive style with a timeless, classical edge. Since 1993, he has earned recognition and respect in the photography field for his work as a press photographer and for his recent documentaries around the world.

Recognized with numerous awards, his photography’s are featured in art galleries worldwide, including Cosmos in Paris, Ikono in Brussels or the Arte Foto Festival in Italy.

Jean-Michel’s work was also published in multiple press medias such as National Geographic, Newsweek and Time. His work “Scarification” was selected in 2008, as one of the best 50 books by National Geographic for the LOOK3 Exhibit in Charlottesville, USA back. In 2011, he was awarded the Pride Photo Award for his documentary “Ladyboys, Born to be a Woman”.



Jean Michel Clajot. pp. Power of Tattoo, Oct 31 2010. "Power of Tattoo" National Geographic Traveler , pp. Power of Tattoo. Oct 31 2010.
Jean Michel Clajot. pp. 1, May 31 2010. "Scarification Benin" National Geographic , pp. 1. May 31 2010.
Jean Michel Clajot. pp. 15, Winter 2010. Africa Priest National Geographic , pp. 15. Winter 2010.
Jean Michel Clajot. Scarred for life Geographical , May 3 2009.
Jean Michel Clajot. Celestial Church of Christ National Geographic Magazine , Dec 10 2008.
Jean Michel Clajot. Scarification Benin Przekroj , Oct 8 2008.
Jean Michel Clajot. pp. 41, Apr 22 2008. Child Work in Africa The Sunday Times Magazine , pp. 41. Apr 22 2008.
Jean Michel Clajot. Scarification in Africa BBC's The World , Jan 5 2008.
Jean Michel Clajot. pp. 8, Dec 6 2007. "Scarification " CHOC , pp. 8. Dec 6 2007.
Jean Michel Clajot. "Scarification in Africa" Nikon Pro Magazine , Aug 13 2007.


Recent Post

New Book Released :"Scarification"

I am pleased to announce that after many trips over a 3 years period and then 6 months in production, my first book will be
Available on August 2008.

Best Regards,


26×23 cm, 88 pages. French – English Text.

The practice of scarification seems to be as old as civilisation itself.
Anthropologists have discovered that it was the Australian Aborigines who developed it to its present form and adapted it to mark the rites of passage to adulthood. Such initiation ceremonies were essential to the functioning of Aboriginal society because they enabled each individual to know his or her place and role in that society.
Scarification spread to other cultures with varying degrees of success. Doctors in the ancient and mediaeval worlds were inspired by it to develop bleeding techniques. Later, it would be used to treat skin diseases such as rosacea.
Today, in Europe and in the United States, scarification is associated with the pathological condition called self-mutilation. Adolescents scarify themselves to “drive out” their fears and distress or to replace emotional pain with (more bearable) physical pain, or to mark their membership of a gang or other group.
Nowadays, scarification has only retained its original function, as practised by the Aborigines, in a few parts of the world, such as West Africa, especially in Northern Benin, where around forty tribes still practise it for various reasons, of which one is the most important: to tell us more about those who bear the scars.


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