Philippe Taris was born in Bordeaux, France.
He discovered photography at 18 through Henri Cartier Bresson’s work in Spain and Mexico, prior to the onset of the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s:
“It was a real aesthetic shock, his street work emitted a feeling of well being and proximity with his subjects.”
Taris soon after became a photojournalist himself, and helped create the City Magazine Bordeaux-Actualités in 1981. From 1983 to 2017 he was a Staff Photographer at the daily French newspaper Sud-Ouest, the third largest regional daily in the country, for which he has covered a wide range of subjects. In the last ten years, Taris focused on religious and mystical practices in Spain and Italy. This body of work led to the publication of Espagne Illuminée in 2017.
Somalia 92, Exhibition at the Cultural Center of Villeneuve sur Lot, France
Réels, Fictions, Virtuel, Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles, Contact Sheets and Photographs of the 1995 Social Movements in France
Canon Press Photo Award for a photograph of the oil spill caused by the wreck of tanker “Prestige” off the Spanish Coast in Muxia
Melancholia, Outdoor Exhibition of Black & White prints (Turkey, Cuba, Argentina), Palaiseau, France