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Camille Lenain

New Orleans, Louisiana

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant or residency application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.

About Camille Lenain

Camille Lenain is a French-Algerian documentary photographer who grew up in Paris, studied Photography at l’ESA in Brussels and relocated to New Orleans in 2013. Her work challenges subject matter that is viewed within a single dimensional lens, illuminating plural identities which are often underrepresented or misunderstood. Her clients include The Washington Post, New York Times Style Magazine, The Bitter Southerner, Liberation, and her work has been shown at the New Orleans Photo Alliance and Festival Incadaques in Portugal. In 2020, she received a Reuters Scholarship to attend the Documentary and Visual Storytelling Program at ICP. In 2021, she was selected to participate in the Eddie Adams Workshop and the Hamburg Portfolio Review. Camille is a member of Women Photograph, Diversify Photo and Authority Collective, and works between France and Louisiana.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2021

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As a mixed kid, questions about belonging followed me everywhere. My camera is an excuse to investigate, observe, and collaborate with strangers who might be asking themselves the same questions in a different context. With empathy, long conversations and portraiture, I try to understand how someone identifies themself, especially when lacking representation for their complex identity.”