Born in 1954 in Paris. Lives and works in Paris.
Teaches at Beaux-Arts de Paris since 2001.
Trained in painting and nourished by art history, Patrick Faigenbaum took his first photographs in the early 1970s and became attached to the portrait genre. As a resident at the Villa Medicis in Rome from 1985 to 1987, he continued a series of black and white portraits of the great families of the Italian aristocracy, questioning genealogy and the relationship of people to their place of life. His images of busts of Roman emperors will extend this series.
In 1997 he introduced color and his intimate and documentary vision expanded to include the links between the territories and the inhabitants of European cities: Prague, Bremen, Tulle, Barcelona, the village of Santu Lussurgiu. Between 1999 and 2008, in collaboration with the geographer Joan Roca, he worked on the major transformations of the eastern seafront of the city of Barcelona. In 2013 he won the Henri Cartier-Bresson Prize and produced the Kolkata/Calcutta project on the Indian metropolis.
Patrick Faigenbaum's works are present in many public and private collections (Metropolitan Museum in New York, Reina Sofia in Madrid, Museum of Modern Art in Paris, FNAC...).
Among his recent exhibitions: Barcelona vista del Besòs, La Virreina-Centre de la imatge (Barcelona, 2018), retrospective Patrick Faigenbaum, Fotografien, 1974-2020, Josef Albers Museum-Quadrat (Bottrop, Germany, 2021), solo exhibition at Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, 2022).
Numerous publications are devoted to his work.