Camille Michel


Camille Michel is a french photographer who studied arts at Paris 8 University and photography at the Arles National school of Photography. Her photography are poetic documentaries.

Her work addresses the relationships between human and the environment, and their respective impacts, for societies in close proximity to nature. The influence of nature, sometimes hostile, on the way of life of men and the human damage on the environment. What relationships do man and nature have in the 21st century? What survives today of the traditional culture? What is the impact of industrialization? She uses to document the daily life of populations and communities in times of great upheaval .

She has been represented by the Hans Lucas Studio since 2015. She is a member of the photographic observatory of the poles. She works in Greenland since many years ...

What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?

The last book I discovered is Homo Sapienne from Niviaq Korneliussen. This book is about the current Greenlandic society far from the stereotypes of «The Great North». It is a very interesting book in which we discover the life of 5 young adults in the capital of Greenland Nuuk.

It’s very complicated because I have favorite books for each period of my life ... but the writer that I always carry in my travels is Arthur Rimbaud. He is a french poet that I like so much especially Une saison en Enfer. When i was young my favorite writer was BaudelaireLes fleurs du Mal’. Yes i like poetry. I also like Artaud, Blanchot, Virilio, Baudrillard, Kerouac, Bukowski ... and some books related to my photographic project about Arctic and communities like Imaqa by Flemming Jensen or Banquises by Valentine Goby

Most visited blogs, websites?

I look websites from a lot of photographers. They are my favorites that inspire me:

Alec Soth
Evgenia Arbugaeva
Lucas Foglia

I often go on Youtube listen to music or looking documentary. I also visit news websites like National Geographic, GEO ... I go on Facebook especially to hear news from my Greenlandic friends and also to go to arctic discussion groups for my work. I go on google to make some research and learn.

What apps do you use the most and why?

When I’m in Paris I often use Google Maps because I get lost all the time haha. I come from the countryside, from a little village in the north of France, I’m definitely not a girl from the city. I just live there at this time for my work...

When I’m traveling in the Arctic I often use Instagram or Facebook to get news easily. Or nothing because often there is no network ...

Whats currently on your playlist?

I listen to a lot of space or post-rock music. This type of music corresponds well to my travels, landscapes that I photograph and my universe. I also love rock. For example:

Svefn-g-englar by Sigur Rós
Godspeed You! Black Emperor by Moya
Take Me Somewhere Nice by Mogwai
Riverside by Agnes Obel
Aurora by Björk
Keep The Streets Empty For Me by Fever Ray
Space Oddity by David Bowie
In The Death Car by Iggy Pop & Goran Bregovic
Heroin by The Velvet Underground
Lights by Archive
We Own The Sky by M83

I recently found great bands from Greenland. To discover Greenland you need to hear this Greenlandic rock band ‘Sume’. I also like this song hahaha

What records would you recommend to hear?

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie
The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground
Take It from the Man! by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Fever Ray by Fever Ray
Berlin by Lou Reed
Central Belters by Mogwai
Aventine by Agnes Obel
Ágætis Byrjun by Sigur Ros

Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?

Aïlo: Une odyssée en Laponie: It’s a french movie about a baby reindeer, a tale in Lapland. No, I’m not ashamed haha

Aga a film that takes place in Siberia and shows the face to face between the traditional way of life and the modern world

I very like David Lynch, Larry Clark, Gus van Sant, Yorgos Lanthimos, Stanley Kubrick, Lars von Trier, Jim Jarmusch and some films about my work like Nanouk l’Esquimau by Robert Flaherty or Angry Inuk by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, she’s a young Inuk filmmaker living in Iqaluit, Nunavut Territory, Canada.

Which artists working today do you admire most?

Alec Soth
Céline Clanet
Corey Arnold
Evgenia Arbugaeva
Elena Chernyshova
Lucas Foglia

What are some of your tv top tips right now?

I don’t have tv at home

Who are you following?

On instagram I follow some artists, photographers, musicians, magazines, family and friends specially from Greenland


What tools do you use in your work?

I use Canon 5D mark III with 50 mm and zoom 24 - 105 mm. I also have a feet for the night and a good photo bag to protect my equipment from the snow and the cold. For my protection I have very good clothes and seal gloves. The temperatures are not very high in Greenland. During my last project it was -30 in the village.

I listen to a lot of space or post-rock music. This type of music corresponds well to my travels, landscapes that I photograph and my universe.

What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?

Le Monde

and some photo magazines

What are your favorite gadgets?

When I travel my favorite gadget is my laptop, I always take a lot of music, photos, movies with myself to share with the locals.

What are the things you cannot live without?

I don’t need a lot of things to live on. I like simple life and simple pleasures. A wooden cabin in the forest is enough for me haha. So ... my best friend, my grandmother and my animals