Diane Grimonet

French photographer, lives and works mainly in Paris.

Initially a theater photographer and studio assistant, from 1989, she collaborated regularly with the daily French newspaper Libération and more generally with the national press. In 2019, she joined the editorial board of Polka Magazine.
Humanist photographer, Diane Grimonet is convinced that sharing knowledge is a powerful lever to fight against inequalities. For this purpose, she regularly intervenes in schools and associations, with her photographic work as a support and organizes, through associations or other structures, photo workshops for people in difficulty. Diane Grimonet's photographic archives represent 30 years of work. In 2016, in parallel with this photographic work, she started a work of memory based on her numerous reports. In 2020, photos from the "sans-papiers" (“undocumented”) series joined the National Museum of Immigration History. Her work reflects the deep proximity she maintains with her subjects, which she pursues over long periods of time. She has succeeded in penetrating worlds that most of us ignore or choose to ignore. Sincere in her fight, she is also sincere in her fragility. That is her strength. Her work addresses the notions of memory.
Part of a tradition of commitment, both human and aesthetic, her photographs develop subtle life stories: without demonstration, without assertion, without judgment. This is expressed by an attentive, precise choice of themes and issues on which she exercises an empathetic look, always focusing on the human dimension and seeking the right distance from her subjects. This distance is difficult to maintain, and must combine modesty and closeness, discretion and also highlight the problems addressed. It is always about making complex situations legible.
Diane Grimonet's gaze always seems to be influenced by the theatre and a particular way of placing herself soberly in front of the characters, as when she respected the work of the directors, the objects, the light, the set… Everything that was there before her arrival in that stage space, the place where things happen.
Diane Grimonet has received many distinctions for her numerous personal works: (Collective exhibition: "Hôtel Sans Etoile" (“Hotel Without Stars”) Galerie Polka (Polka Gallery), The Visa pour l'Image International Photo Festival (Festival of Photojournalism), “Paris, Ville de Lumière” ("Paris, City of Light"), "100 Photos pour sans Droits" (« 100 photos for no Rights »)
Nomination to the Visas d'Or Magazine (10 years of archives on people without rights), “Aux Portes de l' Enfer” (the Forgotten of the Peripherals).
Exhibition “7 Jours à Quai” at the Hellenic Foundation, Cité Universitaire of Paris " refugees in Greece, Unesco, exhibition “Lumière pour les Précaires” for the spring of research on energy insecurity, exhibition “C’est ainsi que les enfants vivent dans le Val de Marne” ("This is how children live in the Val de Marne”), presented as part of the European Year for Combating Exclusion and Poverty, screening at the 6th Festival of Angkor (Cambodia) on the theme of housing and immigration in France, International Prize for Free Speech, Press Club of Provence. Marseille)....