Benoit Aquin was born in 1963 in Montreal, and studied at the New England School of Photography in Boston until 1987. He currently lives and works in Montreal.
Aquin’s new photojournalistic and documentary projects, since 2002, are an examination of large-scale enviromental issues and their impact on humanity. They demonstrate his artistic and humanistic commitment. He says, “I believe photography is peeking at the essence of things, and I feel greatly rewarded when I think people have been inspired by my work, because it is like planting seeds.”
The Chinese « Dust Bowl » , published in Foto8, and Time.com (2008)
The Chinese « Dust Bowl » , published in a book titled Inside China from National Geographic Society, The Walrus and Courrier Japon. (2007)
The Northwest Passage published in the Guardian, Time Magazine, Vanity Fair Italy, Le Monde2, Canadian Geographic,
A Portrait Of Sheila Watt-Cloutier (Canadian environmentalist) with Marianne Pearl for Glamour Magazine.
Published in the daily newspaper LaPresse in Montreal, a series about a worldwide look at the implications of a world without a clean and abundant supply of water, a series about Global Warming with Inuk hunters and a series on the victims of pesticides in banana plantations in Nicaragua.
2007 Grand Prix in the Lux competition, in the category pertaining to landscape for the series of photos about global warming in the Arctic. Also won a group prize from the Canadian National Newspaper Award for LaPresse in the category Special Project for a series about a worldwide look at the implications of a world without a clean and abundant supply of water.
2006 The Federation of Quebec Journalist awarded him the Prix Antoine-Desilets in the news category for his image titled Tsunami. That same year, he was a finalist in the photojournalism section of the Lux competition for his series Tsunami.
2001 Grand Prix in the Lux competition, in the category pertaining to photojournalism, for the series of photos of the Summit of the Americas.
2007 Territoires Sous Pression, exhibition for the series of photos of stressed environments and solutions being applied. Work realised in China and Egypt. Exhibited at Maison de la culture du Plateau Mont-Royal.
2003 Slide show at the Biennale de photographie de Montréal 2003 called Ordre public/ désordre mondiale.