Camille Lenain

New Orleans, Louisiana

About Camille Lenain

Camille Farrah Lenain, a French-Algerian documentary photographer, grew up in Paris and studied Photography at L’Ecole Supérieure des Arts in Brussels, Belgium. After relocating to New Orleans in 2013, she began teaching and playing trumpet in town. Since 2018, she has assisted and produced for numerous photographers, including Alec Soth and Wayne Lawrence. She is currently creating two photographic series: Huntresses, which follows women hunting in South Louisiana and Southern France, and Djinn, an exploration of LGBTQ+ people of Muslim culture and her own family. She received a cultural research grant from the Jazz and Heritage Foundation for her short film, After Sunday. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Offbeat Magazine, and Antigravity Magazine, at the New Orleans Photo Alliance, and on multiple album covers. Camille is a member of Diversify Photo. In 2020, she received a Reuters Scholarship to attend the Documentary and Visual Storytelling Program at ICP in New York.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2021

Website / Social Links

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.”