Bénédicte Desrus

Bénédicte Desrus

Bénédicte Desrus (France, 1976) is an award-winning documentary photographer based in Mexico City and working worldwide.
She is represented by Sipa Press USA and has worked throughout Europe, East Africa, the United States and Latin America.

She focuses on humanitarian and social issues around the world.

Her photography explores the lives of people ostracized by society, and the communities they form to survive and find respect. She often spends months with her subjects. Recent stories explored the lives of elderly sex workers living in a shelter in Mexico City, the persecution of homosexuality in Uganda, the albinos killing in Tanzania and global obesity.

Her work has appeared in Al Jazeera América, Harper’s magazine, The New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Toronto Star, Le Monde, Courrier International, Internazionale, Aftenposten, De Volkskrant, Udvikling, Esquire, Marie Claire, Grazia, Elle, Henne, The Financial Times Weekend Magazine, L’Equipe Magazine and Néon, among others.

She has received commissions from a wide range of clients, such as: Agence Française de Développement (AFD), The European Commission (EC), UNICEF, UNFPA, UNESCO, Population Service International (PSI), Global Fund For Women, HelpAge, WaterAid, Tanzania Albino Society (TAS), The South Sudan Microfinance Development Facility (SSMDF), Gaz de France (GDF), NBCUniversal.

Her photographs are published in the book: "40 years of Photojournalism: Generation Sipa" by Michel Setboun & Sylvie Dauvillier, © 2012, Éditions de La Martinière - France.

She co-authored the book "Las amorosas más bravas" ("Tough Love"), released in march 2014. The seven-year-long project documents the lives of the women living in the Casa Xochiquetzal, a shelter for elderly sex workers in Mexico City.