Paris, France

Pascal Maitre

Contributing Photographer

After studying psychology, Pascal Maitre (b. 1955) began his career as a photojournalist in 1979 with the Groupe Jeune Afrique. In 1984, he joined the staff of the Gamma agency. In 1989, he co-founded Odyssey Images. From 1994 to 2018, he was a member of the Cosmos agency.

Pascal Maitre has worked with prestigious international publications: Géo, Paris Match, Le Figaro Magazine, L’Express, and ELLE in France; Geo and Stern in Germany; and National Geographic in the United States.

In more than forty countries, he has covered different aspects of Africa: people and their way of life, politics and conflicts, traditions. Since 1985, he has covered Afghanistan: the Mujahideen against the Russians, Kabul in 1992, Bamiyan and the Great Buddhas in 1996, Commander Massoud in 1998, and the return of the Taliban.

While Africa remains his preferred terrain, Pascal Maitre has also produced several photo essays on other parts of the world, including the Middle East, South America, and Siberia. He also works on in-depth projects, including those focused on topics such as the living conditions of 650 million people in Africa without electricity, the challenges faced by the Sahel region, the Peuls community, and the daily reliance of 2.5 billion people on charcoal for cooking and sustenance.