French photographer Patrick Wack (b. 1979) grew up in the suburbs of Paris. After a career in sports and studies in economics and foreign languages in Paris, the US and Sweden, he left a job in Berlin to start again as a photographer in China. Fully self-taught, he was based in Shanghai from 2006 to 2017 where he worked freelance for international publications and commercial clients. He also focuses on long-term personal projects mixing the traditional documentary approach with a more subjective and contemplative storytelling. His work has addressed topics such as the repression of minorities, urban mutations, post-conflict reconstruction or environmental issues. He has published in Time Magazine, The New York Times, GEO France, The Sunday Times, Courrier International and Vanity fair among others. His work has been exhibited in solo shows in China, Germany, Singapore, France and the US. He's currently based in Berlin but splits his time with Paris, Shanghai and Moscow. Among other awards, he was a PDN photo annual winner and French Bourse du talent laureate in 2018, has received 1st prize at the KL Photo Awards and was a laureate of the Albert Kahn grant in 2018 and of the CNAP grant for documentary photography in 2020.He is also the co-founder of the Inland photography cooperative which brings together like-minded and internationally-based photo storytellers.He is fluent in French, English, German and proficient in Mandarin Chinese.
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