Biography

Franck Vogel works as a freelance photojournalist specializing in social and environmental issues for the international press (Paris Match, GEO, Stern, Le Monde diplomatique, NRC Weekblad, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Discovery).

Since 2007, he has focused on the unique relationship between Man & Nature in an effort to illustrate that it’s possible to live in harmony. In a world where the media only reports negative stories, Franck has decided to bring hope. For example, his epic work about the Bishnoi community in India tells the story of some of the world’s first environmentalists. This work has been published all over the globe, including in GEO magazine’s special 30th anniversary issue in 2009, as well as photos showcased in Parisian Metro stations in 2011 and 2012 (15 million visitors / first
exhibition in France produced with eco-friendly vinyl and inks). In order to reach a wider audience, Franck Vogel wrote and co-directed a documentary film entitled, Rajasthan, l’âme d’un prophète (The Bishnois, India’s Eco-Warriors), which was broadcast June 11th 2011 on French TV. The film was awarded the Phoenix d’Or 2011 and the 2013 Terre Sauvage Prize.

His work to denounce the Albino killings in Tanzania has been featured in magazines and exhibited around the world (Rencontres d’Arles, Visa pour l’Image, Pingyao Photo Festival in China), and his book on Albinos released in 2012 (Michel Lafon Publishing). His latest book Zeru, Zeru is available on blurb.com

Franck Vogel is currently focusing on global transboundary water conflicts and has completed stories on the Nile, the Brahmaputra, the Colorado, the Jordan and the Mekong. Articles were subsequently published by GEO, Stern and Le Monde diplomatique, and featured in lectures Vogel gave at Columbia University in partnership with the Earth Institute and at COP22 in Marrakesh with Erik Orsenna, French Academician. BBC News interviewed him live on the rivers’ project while visiting Singapore in 2016.

On October 4th, 2013, to reward his tireless efforts to promote the Bishnoi culture, Franck Vogel received the highest honors from Bishnoi religious and political leaders at a ceremony at the Mukam Festival (India) attended by thousands of pilgrims.