A photojournalist for the past ten years, Michael Bunel covers French and international news. In particular, he has traveled to Turkey to cover the Taksim Square protests, to Gaza during the "March of Return", and to Ukraine to follow the armed insurrection of separatists in the Donbass in 2014.
Since 2013, he has been working on migration routes and with people in exile. These reports have taken him from Syria to Calais, via Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Romania, Hungary and the Central Mediterranean. He also spent a year documenting the Calais "Jungle" until it was dismantled.
His work is divided between personal projects and commissions for the press and NGOs. He is the author of three books, "EXIL", "Croire dans le 9.3" and "RESCAPÉ.E.S, carnet de sauvetage en Méditerranée". Some of these images are part of the Musée National de l'Histoire de l'Immigration's photographic collection. He is one of the 200 winners of the Ministry of Culture's "Grande commande". He is a member of the Pictorium agency.
PRICE AND MENTION:
-Nominated for the Visa d'or news 2023.
-Winner of the Ministry of Culture's "Grande Commande photo", piloted by the BNF.
-Prix Roger Pic de la Scam, 2019: nominated for "Au pays des droits de l'homme".
-Silver medal, Second Prize in the PX3 2018: Belgrade, voies sans issues.
-Nominated for the 6x6 Global Talent Program 2018, World Press Photo.
-Special mention awarded for the report "CROIRE dans le 9.3" at the 2017 Jacques Hamel Prize.
-Coup de coeur of the jury of session #1 of the mentor prize 2017 with "Belgrade: Dead end".
-Prix Roger Pic de la Scam, 2015: nominated for "The Watchmen" (Ukraine).
-Exhibition, "Search, save and protect" at Visa pour l'image 2023.
-Exhibition, "Chemins d'Exil" with Veronique de Viguerie, Médiathèque José Cabanis. Toulouse, France. March 3 to September 13, 2020.
-Guest of honor at the Regards 2020 festival. Alençon.
-Screening at Visa pour l'image 2019, EXIL.
-Screening at Visa pour l'image 2018, during the slide show on the situation between Gaza and Israel.
-Guest at the Présence(e) Photographie 2018 festival with exhibitions of the reportages "Au bout de vos rêves", "Au pays des droits de l'homme" and "Croire dans le 9.3".
-Screening at Visa pour l'image chronologies 2016, 2017.
-Exhibition at Barrobjectif 2017: Belgrade: Voies sans issues.
-Exhibition at the Bagnolet media library, June 2017: Au bout de vos rêves.
-Festival Présence(s) Photographie, 2016: screening of the slide show "La Marche" on the migrant route between Hungary and Austria.
-Exhibition at the Basilique de Saint Denis, 2016: Believing in the 9.3
-Festival Dimanche Photographique 2016, screening of "Calais, au bout de vos rêves".
-Escales à la Grange aux Belles, 2015, Paris: "Ukraine, the war in Donbass" exhibition.
-Bayeux War Correspondents' Festival 2014: projection of images during the slideshow
"Ukraine: the war in Donbass".