About Gignouxphotos

Gignouxphotos is a documentary photography and web documentary company focussing on socio-political and environmental issues around the world.

Our commitment is to recording the effects of occupation and displacement on communities around the world. Long-term photographic projects have taken us to the Middle-East, North Africa, Canada, and beyond. Along the way, we’ve worked with NGOs such as Oxfam, CARE, and the British Council.

More recently, Gignouxphotos has documented the environmental and social legacy of the industrial exploitation of natural resources in North America and post-Soviet Russia.

We’ve covered environmental controversies, such as oil sands extraction in Alberta, Canada and mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia.

Our team brings together a group of highly skilled professionals – making fine art photography, photographer’s books and zines, multimedia web documentaries and touring photography exhibitions.

For more info on the Gignouxphotos team and what we do, head to the Workshops page.

Meet Alan Gignoux

The founder of Gignouxphotos, Alan Gignoux, has been working as a professional documentary photographer since 2000, with photographic agencies such as Reuters, and independently. He also works as a cameraman on documentary film projects.

Alan has completed residencies with the NCAA in Russia, and The Rucka Centre in Cesis, Latvia. His award-winning work has been exhibited all over the world.

Born in the United States, Alan now lives and works in London, England.



  • Source 
  • Der Grief
  • CNN Traveller
  • Creative Boom
  • Foto8
  • Near East Quarterly
  • New York Times
  • Revolve Magazine
  • The Independent
  • The Telegraph
  • World Photography News
  • Many more


  • Noorderlicht International Photography Festival 2019   TAXED TO THE MAX (2019)
  • Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year, London (2015)
  • Exploding Cinema, London (2015)
  • Flagler Film Festival, Florida (2016
  • Flow Photofest, Scotland (2017)
  • Frack Fest, Oklahoma (2015) 
  • Green Culture Festival, Belgrade (2015)
  • Isle of Wight Film Festival (2015)
  • London Film Festival (2015) 
  • Portobello Pop-Up Cinema, London (2015)
  • The International 8th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (2015)
  • The Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival (2015)


  • PhotoBook Journal Competition 'OIL SANDS ' Los Angeles Center of Photography  FIRST PRIZE Winner (LACP) 2019
  • AOP AWARDS Finalist Shortlisted – Short Film Appalachia: Mountaintops to Moonscapes (2016)
  • Fresh Milk – General Winner (2009) 
  • International Photography Awards – Honourable Mention for ‘The Palestinians’ (2009) 


  • Africa's Last Colony, The Hundred Years Gallery Sandblast Arts, London (2015)
  • doho Magazine Oil Sands (2016) 
  • Edge of Humanity Leaving Clarksdale (2016) 
  • Format Photography Festival Derby, EVIDENCE 2015 Mobile Photo Network (2015) 
  • FQG Gallery Brighton OIL SANDS / TAR SANDS (2017)
  • Homeland Lost: University of Ghent, Belgium (2011); The Linen Hall, (Lakenhalle van Pete) Ypres, Belgium (2010); Palestine: Remembering a Past Homeland, Library of Alexandria (2010), Alexandria, Egypt; Barbican, London (2008); Palestine: Remembering a Past Homeland, Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2008); Cinematheque, Tel Aviv, Israel (2008); Linen Hall Library, Belfast, Northern Ireland (2007); Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF), Alexandria, Egypt (2007); Contemporary Image Collective (CIC), Cairo, Egypt (2007); Out of the Ordinary, Dar al' Anda Gallery, Amman, Jordan (2007); Al Madina Theatre, Beirut, Lebanon (2007); Jaffa Cafe and Book Shop, Jaffa, Israel (2006); Jaffa Cultural Centre, Nablus, West Bank (2006); Ethnographic and Art Museum, Birzeit University, Ramallah, West Bank (2006); Bethlehem Peace Centre, Bethlehem (2006); Al Ma'mal Centre for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem (2006) 
  • If By Chance: Juan Bravo Teatro, Hay Festival, Segovia, Spain (2009); Hampstead Theatre, London (2007); Linen Hall, Ypres (2006); City Museum, Tehran, Iran (2003); The Camera Club, Kennington, London (2003)
  • Oil Sands - Curse or Blessing: Brighton Photo Fringe (2014)
  • Photofusion Photo Salon 2015 - Oil Sands (2015) 
  • Royal Geographic Society and The Forestry Commission - Oil Sands and Appalachia, London, then touring nationally (2015)
  • Separation AOP Association of Photographers - Oil Sands Online (2015)
  • Tar Sands: Host Gallery, London (2011)
  • The Saharawi: Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, London (2007); Association of Photographers, London (2007); Host Gallery, London (2007)


  • Associated Press – South Africa
  • British Council – Middle East
  • Market Theatre Photography Workshop – Johannesburg
  • Missouri Photo Workshop – Cuba 
  • Russian Arts Council 2009 NCAA – Russia
  • Care USA – Africa, Middle East and Europe
  • Sandblast – Western Sahara
  • SOS International – Mongolia 
  • World Bank – Lebanon