Damien Roudeau


Damien Roudeau was born in 1981 in the Paris suburbs. He graduated from the "Ecole Estienne" in Paris in 2002 with a diploma in arts and crafts, then a master's degree in plastic arts at the Panthéon-Sorbonne University in 2005.

He published his first reportage in 2002, Portraits cachés (Award of the Jury Grands Reportages), the fruit of a wandering of six months with men on the street, in the networks of solidarity and sociability of the capital.

From March 2003 to July 2004, he spent a year immersing in the "Communauté des compagnons du partage", close to the Emmaus movement. He draws a notebook, De bric et de broc: A year with the Communauté des compagnons du partage, rewarded of the Grand prize and the Prize of the writing of the Rendez-vous of the travel diary of Clermont-Ferrand in 2006.

In 2007, he participated in the Travel Diaries series produced and distributed by Arte. His sketches of Scotland, the Outer Hebrides and his inhabitants are developped under the eye of the camera.

He testifies in 2008 of the strike of employees of a factory of Cholet before its relocation, then crosses Provence through the sites of international volunteers. In 2009, he published a daily comic strip in response to police violence that had mutilated the eye of a documentary filmmaker in Montreuil, and then accompanied for several months the expelled Rom families.

From November 2010 to November 2013, three years after the Villiers-le-Bel riots, he spent several days a month at the Cerisaie, a part of the city. He developped a drawn reportage, Villiers rebel.

In 2013, with the Collectif Argos, he participated in the web-documentary A Life Like Mine, a project supported in particular by a successful participatory fundraising campaign. This documentary, on the gold diggers, gets the Inside Award at the 2013 edition of the International Festival of Top News and Corporate Documentary.

At the end of 2015, he went several times to Calais with Marie-Françoise Colombani, an editorial writer for Elle magazine. After several weeks in immersion, they publish in February 2016 the book Welcome to Calais, she writes and he draws, about the hell of Calais Jungle. The book is printed with over 30,000 copies.

In December 2015, he published in Brest the book Brest à quai, in collaboration with Nicolas Le Roy, sailor and doctor in sociology. Started in 2013, the project resulted in a notebook of 140 portraits of workers of the port of Brest. The first 2,000 copies are fast sold out, a second set is released in April 2016, this time throughout France. The book is the 2016 winner of the Prix Commandant Jean-Loreau of the National Federation of Maritime Merit and the Medal of Honor of Mariners

Between 2015 and 2016, he spent five months behind the scenes at the Comédie-Française, publishing a 240-page booklet in with journalist Laëtitia Cénac.

  • Damien Roudeau, De bric et de broc : Un an avec les compagnons du partage, Parole et Silence, 12 janvier 2006, 300  p. (ISBN 2-84573-372-0, notice BnF no FRBNF40155050)
  • Damien Roudeau, Têtes de pioche : La Provence au rythme des chantiers de jeunes, Les Alpes de Lumière, 17 juin 2009, 158  p. (ISBN 978-2-906162-96-9, notice BnF no FRBNF42012070)
  • Damien Roudeau, Rosny-sous-Bois : Grandeur nature, Folies d'encre, 24 novembre 2011, 82  p. (ISBN 978-2-907337-77-9, notice BnF no FRBNF42806165)
  • Damien Roudeau, Dosta (vol. 1 & 2), Vide Cocagne18, 64 p. (ISBN 979-10-90425-07-1)
  • Les désobéisseurs, ouvrage collectif, « Psychiatrie, un portrait de Christian Sabas » , Vide Cocagne, coll. « Soudain », 2013.
  • Damien Roudeau, Villiers rebelle : [CARNET DE RENCONTRE] à la Ciseraie, La Boîte à bulles, 3 avril 2014, 128  p. (ISBN 978-2-84953-198-3, notice BnF no FRBNF43715916)
  • Marie-Françoise Colombani et Damien Roudeau, Bienvenue à Calais : Les raisons de la colère, Actes Sud, 17 février 2016, 48  p. (ISBN 978-2-330-06256-9)
  • Nicolas Le Roy et Damien Roudeau, Brest à quai : [CARNET DE BORD] des travailleurs du port, La Boîte à bulles, 6 avril 2016, 312  p. (ISBN 978-2-84953-247-8)
  • Laetitia Cénac et Damien Roudeau, Dans les coulisses de la Comédie-Française, Éditions de la Martinière, 1er septembre 2016, 239 p. (ISBN 978-2732475202)