Germany Lignite Mines

The Garzweiler coal mine, an open-pit mine operated by RWE

Forests of Latvia

Alan takes to one of Europe’s greenest corners to discover life in the Forests of Latvia.

A broadsheet newspaper documenting the project is available in the Gignouxphotos online shop.

Human Accumulations

Alan documents the exploitation of an American natural icon: Niagara Falls.

Follow the project’s evolution at the Human Accumulations blog.

Oil Sands

Alan spends time in Alberta, looking at one of the world’s largest and most controversial oil extraction programmes. The documentary project asks the question: are the Oil Sands a blessing or a curse?

Appalachia: Mountaintops to Moonscapes

In an effort to extract natural resources, the ancient mountain forests of the Appalachian Mountains are being felled. What remains is an eerie, barren, and almost lunar landscape of rough-hewn rock.


Racing in Ireland

Horse racing is one of Ireland’s favourite pastimes. Alan’s images explore non-traditional training methods and the palpable excitement of race day.

Womens March London

A collection of images from the London Women’s March in January 2018.

Missouri, Indiana, and Michigan

Alan travels across the states of Missouri, Indiana, and Michigan, documenting life during the pivotal election year of 2016.

Ethiopia's Jerusalem

Ethopian Orthodox worshippers make their pilgrimage to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.

Homeland Lost - The Palestinians

An internationally-renowned photo essay, symbolically re-uniting Palestinian refugees with their lost homes and villages. The project was sponsored by the British Council and the AM Qattan Foundation.

Waldorf Barbershop

Alan documents a day in the life at one of Dublin’s oldest and most famous barbers.

Leaving Clarksdale

The blues tradition lives on in the Mississippi Delta – the self-proclaimed “birthplace of the blues.”

Vancouver Pride

Attracting crowds of more than 650,000, the Vancouver Pride Parade is one of the largest and most successful LGBTQ events in the world.

Homeland Lost - The Saharawi

A photo essay on the displaced Saharawi people. The images span refugee camps in Algeria, occupied land in the Western Sahara, and immigrant life in Spain.


Following a residency with the Russian Arts Council, Alan reveals the reality of everyday life in post-industrial, post-Soviet Russia.

If, by chance

Working as a photojournalist in post-apartheid South Africa, Alan Gignoux regularly took photographs of street life. The resulting images reveal a nation undergoing a complex process of social change.

Eyes and Ears of the Canadian North

Alan joins the Canadian Rangers on patrol. Taken mainly from the aboriginal population, the Rangers provide a military presence in remote Northern Canada.

La Corniche, Beirut

The war-scarred city’s famous seaside promenade is still a favourite recreational area.


AfrikaBurn is Africa’s answer the the famous Burning Man Festival in Nevada. The event takes place in the heart of the Karoo Desert, in South Africa.

Ekaterinburg Hospital

Alan visits a haunting abandoned hospital in The Urals, Russia.

Saharawi Refugee Camps - Tindouf, Algeria

Sandblast is a UK human rights charity. Through the arts, they promote the voices and visions of the indigenous Saharawi people, in the Western Sahara. This project was a Sandblast Arts Commission, made in partnership with The Scottish Arts Council.

Northern Ireland

Street murals in suburban Belfast tell the story of political struggles in Northern Ireland.

NGO Commissions

Images from Alan’s NGO work across the African continent.

Regis Gignoux Paintings

Human Accumulations was inspired by these paintings of Niagara Falls by Alan’s ancestor, the Hudson River School artist, Regis Gignoux.