Valérian Mazataud



Valerian Mazataud is a freelance documentary photographer born in France in 1978 and based in Montreal, Canada. He has a strong focus in immigration and natural resources.

A self taught photographer since 2009, he owns a Msc in agronomy with a specialty in marine biology. He has worked on projects in the Middle-East, in Africa, or in Latin America. He has covered some of the main events of the past years, including the Haiti earthquake, the Arab spring, the draught in eastern Africa or the Syrian refugees crisis.

He has won awards and grants, including an art residency at the Aberystwyth arts centre in Wales, in partnership with the Quebec arts council (CALQ).
In 2014 his documentary project We are no more, about the Syrian refugees memory and loss, was exhibited in the Maison de la culture Mont-Royal in Montreal as well as during the Toronto Contact Festival, the Art souterrain festival in Montreal, and the Arles Festival in France.

In 2015, his project Grand Nord, about social links in a Montreal North suburb, has been shown during the Voie-Off festival in Arles, and was part of a traveling exhibition trough Montreal.

He is represented by Studio Hans Lucas in France. His images have been published in Le Monde, der Spiegel, Le point, Telerama or Liberation in France. He has also contributed to TV5, Radio-Canada, Le Devoir, La Presse, Oxfam and Handicap International.

He has worked as a marine biologist, a scuba-diving instructor, a science educator and a clown. He also cycled 21000 km around the world and along the five continents between 2002 and 2004.


Selected Works


Image taken from the «la fin de la terre» serie. Quebec, Canada, 2015.



Image taken from the «la fin de la terre» serie. Quebec, Canada, 2015.




Image taken from the «Liwa Mairin» serie. Puerto Lempira, Honduras, 2015.


Réunion inter-religieuse et inter-generationelle

Image taken from the «Grand Nord» serie. North of Montreal, Canada, 2013.


Bedouins Syriens refugies en Jordanie

Image taken from the «De Nous il ne reste plus personne» serie. Zaatari, Jordanie, 2012.