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Contact 

1 323 702 3764 

gilles-m@pacbell.net or gilles@mingasson.com 

About 

I am a French born, Los Angeles based documentary photographer.  

I have photographed people and places in over twenty five countries. Cycled across Russia to capture daily life. And completed editiorial and commercial assignments in the U.S., Asia, Australia, Latin America, Europe, India, the Caribbean, and North Africa. 

I collaborate with photo editors, creative directors, writers, and subjects. I research and complete editorial and corporate/commercial assignments in U.S. and international locations (including 8 books for National Geographic). My aim is always to tell the story with strong aesthetics and convey a sense of place. I approach each shoot with a flexible outlook, curiosity and passion. 

I shoot editorial, documentaries, portraits, travel, corporate, advertising, and on movie sets -stills & motion. I speak English, French, and Spanish. 

When not on assignment, I stay creative by shooting personal projects. My pictures of an Eskimo village threatened by climate change were featured at the International Center of Photography in New York, and exhibited in museums in the U.S. and Europe. A photo essay on Latinos in the U.S. won an American Photography Award. I am currently working on a personal project in Tokyo. 

I am also a lecturer / presenter, and an International Photo Contest Jury Member. 

Some of my clients: National Geographic Books, The Smithsonian, Discovery Channel, BBC America, BBC Worlwide, Scripps Networks, ABC, Disney, The Travel Channel, The Food Network, Advanced Bionics, Microsoft, Airbnb, Bechtel, Target, adidas, Nike, Wells Fargo, Fidelity, Goldman Sachs, Apple, Yardi, Capital, L'Equipe Magazine, Le Figaro Magazine, Paris Match, l'Obs, Le Parisien Magazine, M Magazine, Der Spiegel, Focus. 

Award: American Photography Award (for "Latino USA") 

Exhibits: 

• The End of Shishmaref - Global Warming: International Center of Photography, New York, Nobel Peace Center, Olso | Bozar Museum, Brussel | Ministry of Culture, Monaco | Field Museum, Chicago | Wave Hiil, New York. 

• Moments Between Millenniums: Los Angeles Public Library. 

Film documentaries: 

The Executioners (52 min on people who apply the death penalty in the U.S.), for Capa and France2.  

The NASCAR Dads, for France2 - Envoyé Spécial. 

Short Film: (award winning): Whistand One Night 

(photo Sarah Levy)