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PHOT’Aubrac 2020 : Philippe Cabanel


A doctor by training, humanitarian medicine allowed me to travel early and to develop my vision of the world and of photography (Iraq, Central Africa, Bangladesh, Haiti, India …).

You can photograph misery or war with a stripped-down vision of violence, but with an impact and a strong message.

The same goes for wildlife and nature photography. Let emotions pass through the beauty of the images, keeping only the Essential.

I am currently campaigning for the preservation of biodiversity, another vision of the world and another way of behaving towards nature.

I believe, like other wildlife photographers, that change will be made through the education of children in our schools and in exhibitions.

Philippe Cabanel



Keep only the essentials of an attitude, a look, a flight, a fight, disregarding anything that would distract looking like a color or a background, just relying on some landmarks like a movement, a tree, some herbs, some rocks, some snowflakes and sometimes just a hint of color on an element.

Eliminate the superfluous that turn the looks away.

A bit like those three-line Japanese poems called Haiku, purified to the extreme and celebrating the evanescence, of an emotion, a passing moment and astonishment.

The image is the emotional fixation of a fleeting moment.

Philippe Cabanel

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