While studying at the National School of Photography (Ecole nationale supérieure de la photographie), Mathieu Pernot (born 1970 in Fréjus, France) met some gypsy families in Arles, among them the Gorgans, with whom he’s worked ever since. During the 2000s, he developed several series dedicated to the themes of internment, urbanism and the migratory question. The work he did with Philippe Artières on the archives of the Bon Sauveur psychiatric hospital was awarded the Nadar Prize in 2013. In 2014, he was awarded the Niépce Prize. His work was exhibited that same year in a solo show at the Jeu de Paume museum, The Crossing, which retraces twenty years of photography.