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"A non-portrait

of Rémi Coignet"
Photo Daniel Blaufuks

A non portrait by Daniel Blaufuks Light.


Rémi Coignet is a freelance writer and editor. He lives and works in Paris.

After studying literature and photography at the University of Montpellier III and at Sorbonne Nouvelle, he received a postgraduate master’s degree in publishing management from ESCP Europe. He then worked for mainstream publishers of illustrated books, including La Martinière, editing publications on topics as diverse as architecture, fashion, animal photography or... sports.


In the late 1990s, he wrote about literature, contemporary art and film for various cultural websites. He created the blog Des Livres et des photos on the website of the newspaper

Le Monde in 2008. From 2010, he became artistic director of the Magazine du Bibliophile. From 2012 to 2014, he was a columnist for Polka Magazine. In 2013, he contributed to the founding of The Eyes magazine, becoming editor-in-chief from 2015 to 2020.


His first book, Conversations, a collection of his interviews with photographers such as Lewis Baltz, Daido Moriyama or Broomberg & Chanarin to name a few, was published in 2014. Followed Conversations 2 and Conversations 3, published in 2016 and 2020, respectively. These three books contain more than sixty interviews held over a decade with figures of the photography industry, authors, but also publishers and graphic designers. Rémi Coignet has also contributed to a dozen other books.


Since 2015, he participates in the pre-jury for the Rencontres d’Arles Book Award. He has also been a member of various other juries, including the Nadar Prize in 2015, the Unseen Dummy Award in 2017 and the Kassel Photobook Award in 2011 and 2017. He curated Amaury da Cunha's exhibition “After all” during the Paris Photo Month in 2012 and the book exhibition “Breaking Point” at the Haus der Photographie as part of the 2018 Hamburg Triennial Der Photographie. He regularly leads workshops and lectures.


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