French photographer Remi Benali is a National Geographic contributor and has more than three decades of professional experience. First recognised for his images of sports and adventure, he became a photo reporter with the Gamma Agency in the nineties. A tireless traveller, his curiosity cultivates a diversity in his subjects, which have been published in the world’s most important magazines (Time, LIFE, National Geographic, Paris Match, le Figaro, El Mundo, Stern and GEO). He has been rewarded several international distinctions.

He has created the photography for the poster of an United Nations Earth Summit as well as produced the visual for an advertising campaign for Apple that was lauded personally by Steve Jobs (in conjunction with TBWA). In 1997, a conceptual image of Dolly the Cloned Sheep, realized with his colleague Stephen Ferry for LIFE magazine, became a symbol of the genetic upheaval it portrayed and the digital revolution of the period. It was selected by Arte and 30 international television stations as one of the 100 photos of the 20th century.

Who are we ? Where do we come from ? Where are we going ?

At the turn of the millenium, Rémi found through his work a poetic manner to explore the « map of time. » Our origins, archeological discoveries, lost civilisations… He has followed the coasts of Western Sahara in a camel caravan in the footprints of a team  of American tradesmen who disappeared in the 19th century, entered a forbidden zone of Tibet, navigated on an inflatable Zodiac canoe the Omo River to encounter isolated tribes, shared with gold hunters in the Amazon their dream of finding Eldorado, photographed a several million old hominid skeleton in a South African cave as well as documenting the rescue of a colossal and intact Gallo-Roman boat from the depths of the Rhone River. 

One foot in the past and one in the stars! 

Because the present and our future are equally passionate for him, he has also photographed the ravages of petroleum pollution in the Amazon (Vanity Fair), the desertification of Sahel and the spread of paludism due to the global warming (OnEarth/US NRDC), an extreme security laboratory in France known for hunting down viruses (El Pais, La Stampa and Le Figaro magazine), the reprocessing of nuclear warheads in a secret US underground facility (Time magazine) or the meticulous construction of NASA’s suits destined for the conquest of Space (VSD and The Sunday Time). 

Rounding out his wide range, the photographer is distinguished for his studio work in presenting archeological objects produced for museums in addition to his collaboration with the National Geographic (Links Publications April 2014August 2019 and August 2021).

Independent, cosmopolitan, someone who loves France but is also proud to be a “Patriot of Humanity,” Remi has travelled over one hundred countries. Following Paris and New York, he lives in the South of France, between Arles, Nîmes and Avignon.

CONTACT : remibenali(at) 

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