Before devoting himself full time to documentary photography, Huneault (Quebec, b.1976) worked for over ten years in the international development and humanitarian field, a profession that took him to over twenty countries, including one full year spent in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He holds a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a Rotary World Peace Fellow, studying the role of collective memory following large-scale traumas.
In 2004, he was lucky enough to be apprentice and assistant for Gilles Peress, Magnum Photo, initially at UC Berkeley and then in New York City. Starting 2008, he became fully dedicated to photography and started to produce various magazine assignments on international issues and events, and has been collaborating with international non-profit organizations on documenting their field work.
Since 2010, he has focused increasingly on more personal and conceptual projects and exhibitions, a work that continues to be published in traditional media outlets. His long-term work looks at contemporary social issues linked to development, migration, complex geographies, and peace (or war). Michel is always keen to partner with writers, researchers and experts on his projects.
Lately, he additionally started integrating video and immersive components, as well as creating transmedia short documentary films. "Lavoie sans frontières" - a 30 minutes feature film on migration mixing photos, videos and sounds - on which he acted as co-director and as director of photography, was first aired on public television in Canada in January 2014. "10 minutes at Tohoku" is another video work, used both as a stand alone installation or as a piece of the larger "Post Tohoku" body of work on post tsunami Japan. "Echoes", a video mixing voices and photography, is now a central piece of "Post Mégantic", a multilayered body of work which won the 2015 Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize.
Early 2016, Michel received the R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship to continue his work on migration with journalist Sarah Champagne. Mid-2016, Post Tohoku was nominated for the Prix Pictet 7 : Space (UK) and received a Prix Antoine-Désilets (Canada).
Michel lives in Montréal.
2004 Grad. Certificate, Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, UC Berkeley (USA)
2004 Master of Arts, Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley (USA)
2002 Graduate Diploma, Études francophones, Université Montpellier III (France)
2001 Bach. of Science, Communication Sciences, Université de Montréal (Canada).
2012/13 Apprentice/assistant w/ Geneviève Perron (DoP), Montréal (Canada)
2004 Apprentice/assistant w/ Gilles Peress, Magnum Photo, NYC (USA)
2004 Student/assist. w/ G.Peress, Human Rights and Photography, UC Berkeley (USA)
Awards and Recognition
2017 Vevey Award, shortlisted (Switzerland)
2016 Nominated for Prix Pictet 7 : Space (UK)
2016 Prix Antoine-Désilets (Canada)
2016 R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship (Canada)
2011/13/15 Prix Antoine-Désilets, finalist (Canada)
2014/16 New York Portfolio Review, selected (USA)
2015 Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize (USA)
2015 Vevey Award, shortlisted (Switzerland)
2015 Review Santa Fe 100, CENTER, selected (USA)
2011/15 Grands prix du journalisme indépendant, finalist in Press Photo (Canada)
2014 Portfolio Review Exhibition Award, CONTACT Festival (Canada)
2014 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize, shortlisted (USA)
2012 Noorderlicht Photofestival, selected (Netherlands)
2010 FOTO8 Award (UK)
2010 Photolife Emerging Photographer (Canada)
2010 Applied Arts Award, Photojournalism (Canada)
2010 Leica Fotografie International, Top 50 in 35 mm competition (Germany)
2009 LUX/CAPIC, Humanitarian Cause, First Prize/Grand prix (Canada)
2009 Honorable mention, Prix de la Photographie de Paris/PX3 (France)
2016 La longue nuit de Mégantic, Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Fall.
Ongoing and upcoming
2017 La longue nuit de Mégantic, Cégep A. Laurendeau, Montréal, Canada (solo, oct-dec)
2017 Intersection, Circuit Gallery, Toronto, Canada. (solo)
2017 Balade pour la paix, Musée des beaux-arts, Montréal, Canada (group)
2017 Cap au nord : une photographie canadienne, Rencontres photo. de Guyane (group)
2017 Post Tohoku, Rencontre photo. du Kamouraska, Canada (solo)
2017 HOSHANO : penser l'après Fukushima, Visual Voice, Montréal, Canada (group)
2017 Investigations, Centre VU, Québec, Canada (group)
2016 Post Mégantic, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke, USA (solo)
2016 10 Minutes at Tohoku, IkonoTV, Berlin, Germany (video)
2016 Occident Express, Maison du dév. durable, Montréal, Canada (solo)
2016 Vues de Tohoku, Festival Images, Vevey, Switzerland (solo)
2016 La longue nuit de Mégantic, Gallery Tanto Tempo, Kobe, Japan (solo)
2016 Vues de Tohoku, Rencontres int. de la photographie en Gaspésie, Can (solo)
2016 Post Tohoku, LABO/Campbell House, CONTACT, Toronto, Canada (solo)
2016 10 minutes à Tohoku, Vidéoformes, Clermont-Ferrand, France (video)
2015 Projection du Jury, Prix Maison Blanche, Marseille, France (group)
2015 La longue nuit de Mégantic, Rencontres int. de la photographie en Gaspésie, Canada (group)
2015 10 minutes à Tohoku, Galerie Pierre-François Ouellette, Mtl, Canada (video)
2015 La longue nuit de Mégantic, Méd. Nelly-Arcan + Galerie Métissage, Lac-Mégantic, Can (solo)
2015 La longue nuit de Mégantic, CONTACT Gallery, Toronto, Canada (solo)
2014 Photoforum, Galerie Les territoires, Montreal, Canada (group)
2014 10 minutes à Tohoku, La bande vidéo, Québec, Canada (video)
2014 La longue nuit de Mégantic, Maison de la culture Rosemont, MTL, Can (solo)
2014 Water Memories, in Here and There, CONTACT, Toronto, Canada (solo)
2014 The Commuters, CONTACT, Toronto, Canada (duo)
2014 Contamination+Addiction, in Chromatic 2014, Montreal, Canada (group)
2014 Contamination+Addiction, Maison du développement durable, Montreal (solo)
2013 La longue nuit de Mégantic, Zoom Photofestival, Saguenay (video)
2013 Attesting Resistance, online exh. curated by Logan MacDonald (group)
2013 La mémoire de l'eau, Maison du développement durable, Montreal (solo)
2012 Water Memories, Noorderlicht PF, Museum Willem van Haren, Netherlands
2011 Histoires normales, Oriel Gallery, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Wales/UK (solo)
2011 Histoires normales, Aberystwyth Art Center, Wales/UK (solo)
2010 HOST @ Crane Kalman - The Foto8 Awards Show, Brighton, UK (group)
2010 Foto8 Summershow, Host Gallery, London, UK (group)
Art Grants and Residencies
2017Art residency at Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan.
2009-16 Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (Canada)
2014/16 Canada Arts Council (Canada)
2014/16 Production residency, Centre Sagamie (Canada)
2013-15 SODEC (Canada)
2015 Art residency at Salzamt, Linz (Austria)
2014 Art residency with FONCA, Mexico City (Mexico)
2012 OJIQ (Canada)
2010 Art residency at Aberystwyth Art Center (Wales/UK)
Academic Grants and Fellowships
2002/04 World Peace Fellowship, Rotary International (USA)
2003 Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley (USA)
2003 Berkeley Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley (USA)
Publications and Clients include:
The International New York Times, GEO, Le Devoir, The Guardian Magazine, TIME, British Journal of Photography, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Photo District News, Wired, GUP, Médiapart, TV5, Vice, Japan Times, Le Monde, LFI, L'Actualité, La Presse, The National Film Board of Canada, The Toronto Star, Macleans Magazine, SRC/CBC, Applied Arts, Grafika, Blackflash, TFO, Geist, Nouveau Projet, Québec Science, Oxfam, Center for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI), Uniterra, Canada World Youth, The David Suzuki Foundation, Amnesty International, The World Food Program (UN), Avaaz.
Palestine (West Bank)
United Arab Emirates
Europe + Balkans.