Born in Bagneux, France, Stephan Gladieu began his career as a war photographer in 1989, criss-crossing through, among other places, Europe, Central Asia, China, India and the Middle East.
Today he produces reports and portrait series for international magazines but focuses mainly on his personal and artistic work through portrait series whose DNA is the color and rigorous composition.
His last series are mainly done in Asia and Africa, where he bears witness to the human condition as in his series Hereros, Maï Maï, Homo Detritus and North Korea.
He likes the iconic character of an image, its frontality, its readability and the boundary between real and unreal.
- North Korea, Actes Sud, 2020.
- Women: The futur of Africa published by the World Bank 2018.
- The Central African Republic: Hope and resilience published by the World Bank 2017.
- Hip Hop culture published by Somogy editions d’art 2011.
- Destins de Harkis (Harakie Destiny), published by Autrement in 2003.
- Femmes Afghanes (Afghan Women), published by Hoëbeke in 2001.
- Afghans, published by Autrement in 2001.
- Homo Detritus, Charleroi Photography Museum, Charleroi, Belgium 2022 (January to April)
- Solo Show at Joshua Tree Gallery of Contempory Art, California, USA 2022.
- North Koreans, La Gacilly Photo Festival, France 2021
- Homo Detritus, AKAA, Paris, France 2021
- North Koreans, Alte Münze, Berlin, Germany 2021
- North Koreans, Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France 2020
- North Koreans, Herero, Maï-Maï. Paris Photo, France 2018
- Herero, Maï Maï and Surma, London Photo, London, UK 2018
- Central Africa World Bank, Washington, USA 2017
- Finalist Nannen Prize, 2018
- Tokyo International Photo Award 2018
- International Photography Award Portrait, USA, 2014