Graffiti writer, London, 2019. © Marc Vallée.
“Today, Vallée’s work predominantly focuses on the lives of people that navigate the margins of the nocturnal landscape, and those often at odds with the structured flow of neoliberal cities. His subjects are often young, male social transgressors; from graffiti writers and sex workers to activists and urban explorers, they disrupt the capitalist system while in pursuit of their own desires and identities. The fleeting way in which these individuals drift in and out of Vallée’s lens is a testament to his empathetic eye as a documentary photographer. He himself is found at the heart of his photographs; relationships and friendships manifest in the autobiographical nature of the images, where private and public worlds meet.”
- Andrew Finch, Elephant Magazine, 2020.
“Disruptive; dirty; honest and essential - this is how I would describe Marc Vallée's practice. Marc brings our focus into sharp relief, exploring a world that is frequently overlooked and more often misunderstood. However you do not have to fully understand the nocturnal world that Marc and his subjects often occupy, as there is a serene poetry in every image that goes beyond documentary recording.”
- Steve Macleod, HERO Magazine, 2018.
“Marc Vallée is one of my favourite contemporary photographers. Many artists are photographing the young, but Vallée’s work is exceptional and solitary, avoiding the kneejerk tendency to either define the young through their fashion sense or create the impression of communing with them by smothering them with fashionable aesthetics. His photographs are fully interested in their subjects, somehow more respectful of their beauty and emotions and, at the same time, more invasive of their privacy than any other youth oriented images out there. Vallée’s work is ravishing, noble, unique, and irresistible.”
- Dennis Cooper.
Marc Vallée (b.1968) is a London-based documentary photographer whose work is focused on contemporary youth culture within the context of the neoliberal city. Marc’s prints are held in public and private collections including the Museum of London. Tate Britain, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Museum of London and the Martin Parr Foundation hold his zines and photobooks in their collections.
British Journal of Photography, 2021.
Huck Magazine, 2021.
THE FACE Magazine, 2020.
Huck Magazine, 2020.
ELEPHANT Magazine 2020.
HERO Magazine 2020.
TANK Magazine, 2019.
HERO Magazine, 2018.
British Journal of Photography, 2018.
Time Out London, 2018.
HEAPS Magazine, 2017.
Huck Magazine, June, 2017.
HERO Magazine, June, 2017.
HERO Magazine March, 2017.
Huck Magazine March, 2017.
The Guardian, 2016.
Huck Magazine, October, 2016.
Huck Magazine, May, 2016.
British Journal of Photography, 2015.
The Guardian, 2014.
Source Magazine, 2014.
Huck Magazine, 2013.
The Left Bank Show (Resonance FM), 2011.
Huck Magazine, 2009.