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 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.

For over two decades I’ve worked as a photojournalist and documentary photographer. My work has encompassed hard news, editorial commissions and features for national and international newspapers, magazines and media.  I’ve been published by, amongst others, Adrenalin MagazineBBC News, Channel 4 News, Canal+La Repubblica, Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, New Internationalist, Observer and Sleazenation Magazine.

Along side this I’ve also worked as an investigative journalist for the Guardian and the Financial Times and co-authored major front page investigations on police surveillance of protesters and journalists. The investigations exposed secret police databases and covert state targeting of environmental activists.  I’ve also written many comment pieces for the Guardian on photographers’ rights, terrorism law, press freedom, civil liberties and political dissent. 

Current affairs and media appearances include the Today programme (BBC Radio 4), The Media Show (BBC Radio 4), the World Today (BBC World Service), BBC News, Sky News, Al Jazeera, CNN and international newspapers and magazines.

My documentary work is focused on graffiti, political dissent, sexuality and masculinity. This work has been published and exhibited via zines, photobooks and gallery exhibitions. Tate Britain, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Museum of London and the Martin Parr Collection hold my zines and photobooks in their collections.
 
The Museum of London also holds a selection of my prints in its photographs collection. The prints will be on show in a group exhibition at the museum in 2018.

- Marc Vallée, 2017.

SELECTED PRESS
HEAPS Magazine, November, 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.

COLLECTIONS PRINTS
Museum of London.

COLLECTIONS ZINES & PHOTOBOOKS
Tate Britain, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Museum of London & Martin Parr Collection.

GROUP MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS
London Nights, Museum of London, London, 2018.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS
The Graffiti Trucks of Paris - Marc Vallée, Urban Spree Gallery, Berlin, 2017.
Documenting Thierry - Marc Vallée, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, 2017.
The Graffiti Trucks of Paris - Marc Vallée, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, 2017.
10 ZINES 5 YEARS - Marc Vallée, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, 2017.
Vandals and the City - Marc Vallée, Ə /UH/-BOOKS: A PROJECT SPACE FOR MATERIAL PUBLISHING, London South Bank University, London, 2016.
Vandals and the City - Marc Vallée, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, 2016.
Vandals and the City - Marc Vallée, Urban Spree Gallery, Berlin, 2016.
Tiergarten Transgression - Marc Vallée, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, 2015.
Number Four - Marc Vallée, Doomed Gallery, London, 2013.
Writers - Marc Vallée, Anise Gallery, London, 2012.
Writers – Pictures in a Tunnel, Leake Street, London, 2011.
Artist in Residence Exhibition - Marc Vallée, Sir John Cass School of Art, London Metropolitan University, London, 2005.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
The Photocopy Club: London Calling, V3, London, 2018.
Zines of the World, The Old Truman Brewery, London, 2017.
Zines of the World, Doomed Gallery, London, 2015.
Regent’s Open 2015, The Knapp Gallery, Regent's University London, 2015.
Village/Up Your Alley, Art Space, Penang, 2015.
Up Your Alley, The Print Room, Kuala Lumpur, 2014.
London Festival of Architecture 2014, Anise Gallery, London, 2014.
Long Live Southbank, Undercroft, Southbank, London, 2014.
The Photocopy Club: Berlin, Urban Spree Gallery, Berlin, 2014.
Half Tone, Open Space Gallery, Copenhagen, 2014.
Café Royal Books: Index 2014, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, 2014.
Jerwood Encounters: Family Politics (The Photocopy Club), Jerwood Space, London, 2013.
The Photocopy Club X Wowohho Space, Harbour City, Hong Kong, 2013.
The Photocopy Club: Riot, Doomed Gallery, London, 2013.
The Photocopy Club X Marc Vallée: XEROX AND DESTROY, Doomed Gallery, London, 2013.
The Photocopy Club: Now That’s What I Call Photography 30, The Bristol Diving School Gallery, Bristol, 2013.
The Photocopy Club: London, Beach London, London, 2012.
The Photocopy Club X Huck Magazine, 71A Gallery, London, 2012.
Civil Unrest, Debut, London, 2011.
AOP Open, AOP Gallery, London, 2004.
Winners, Photomonth, Unit 2 Gallery, London, 2001.
London Photographic Awards, Street Level Gallery, Glasgow, 2001.
London Photographic Awards, Artomatic+ Gallery, London, 2000/01.

SELECTED TALKS
Peckham Festival: Documenting Thierry - Marc Vallée, The Nines, London, 2017.
London Festival of Architecture 2017: Graffiti, Memory and the City, Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University, London, 2017.
Regent's University London, London, 2017.
London South Bank University, London, 2016.
Vandals and the City - Marc Vallée, Urban Spree Gallery, Berlin, 2016. 
University of South Wales, Cardiff, 2016.
Ffoton Talks: Marc Vallée, Cardiff, 2016.
Tate Britain Talks (Library and Archive Show and Tell): Photobooks with Marc Vallée, Tate Britain, London, 2016.
Passenger Films: The Art of Skating, London, 2015.
Artist Talk: Marc Vallée (Perfect Childhood by Larry Clark), The Photographers’ Gallery, London, 2014.
London Festival of Architecture 2014, Anise Gallery, London, 2014.
University of West London, London, 2013.
The Photocopy Club: Riot, Doomed Gallery, London, 2013.
London Festival of Architecture 2012: Defence of the Public Realm, Bishopsgate Institute, London, 2012.
Regent's American College London, Regent's College, London, 2011.
Hostile Reconnaissance: Terror Laws, Civil Liberties & Press Freedom, Friends House, London, 2010.
Regent's American College London, Regent's College, London, 2010.
Frontline Club: The Impact of Citizen Journalism on Photography, London, 2009.
Frontline Club: Watching the Detectives: The Media and Anti-terrorism Laws, London, 2009.


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