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Born in Tournai (Hainaut, Belgium) in 1974,

Isabelle Detournay lives in Brussels. Two cities where she currently teaches photography (ARBA-ESA, ACT).

In the 1990s, while working as a social worker, she began studying photography at ENSAV-La Cambre in Brussels. As a photographer, she focuses on societal issues, both in Belgium and abroad (notably in the USA and India).

Winner of the National Photography Open Prize (Museum of Photography in Charleroi) in 2000, Young Artists Prize from the Parliament of the French-speaking Community in 2007, she has exhibited at MAMAC – Liège, at Botanique, at the Wallonia-Brussels Centre (Paris), as well as in many marginal yet equally charming venues...

Her book on majorettes was published in 2008 by Husson Editions.

(G. Vercheval, Sept 13.)


National Photography Award Open Year 2000, 13th year, Charleroi, Museum of Photography.

Special Jury Mention Revelation Prize from the International Travel Photography Festival, "Land of Images", May 2001, Biarritz.

Dr. Véronique Trempon Award (Lecomte Prize Mention) and Friends of Restos du Coeur Prize, PP Hamesse Foundation, Brussels, 2003.

Young Artists Award 2007, Parliament of the French Community, November 2007, Brussels.

Editorial Award from Vif/l’Express for the magazine's 25th anniversary, January 2009.

National Selection at the "Courts Mais Trash" Festival 2015.

QPN Award (Quinzaine Photographique Nantaise) 2018, 13th edition. Nantes.

France Télévisions Award for "best first film" at the International Women's Film Festival, Créteil (F), 2023.


Various trainings at ISELP (plastic arts seminars), CEPEGRA (software training in Photoshop, Lightroom, color management, digital back in studio, Final Cut Pro X)

Useful Experience from the Higher Schools of Arts, in photography, recognized by the French Community in November 2007. Pedagogical Aptitude Certificate from C.E.R.I.A. (Brussels) for teaching photography. –2002-03. (awarded in June 03).

Studies in photography (E.N.S.A.V., La Cambre, Brussels) - 1994-99. (with highest honors)

Studies in social service (I.S.E.P.S-I.S.S.H.A., Mons) – 1991-94. (with distinction),

+ additional year 2001-2002, specific curriculum

> University of Lille II (France).


Photography professor at two higher education institutions of the long type: Academy of Fine Arts of Brussels (since 2006) ARBA-ESA, and the Academy of Fine Arts of Tournai ACT (since 2004).



Facilitator of the Photography Workshop at the Antonin Artaud Club, Day Center (since 2015). Ongoing.

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