I grew up in western Canada and now live in Montreal. My photography has been shaped by experience on the ground (Palestine, Haiti and Canada), by my education in the MFA Program at Concordia University in Montreal, and by the images of innumerable photographers. I work primarily in the genres of portraiture, landscape and documentary photography.
My current work, carried out with Montreal photographer Philippe Montbazet, will be showing at three Montreal galleries starting at the Maison de la culture Frontenac in December, 2015. "Double Appartenance" consists of portraits of Canadian immigrants, personal testimony, and urban landscape photographs.
My work on the 2012 Quebec Student Strike, in collaboration with Philippe Montbazet, was the subject of a major exhibition at the Maison de la culture de Côte-des-neiges in March and April 2013 (see video below) and at the Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay in March 2014.
My portraits of illegal detainees and refugees facing deportation (see video below) was a winner in New York’s Photo District News Photo Annual contest in 2007, was the subject of a major exhibition at Montreal's Dazibao gallery, and won the grand prize of the 2008 Montreal Arts Council competition.
My documentary coverage of the impact of the 2004 coup d'état in Haiti was published in a full online dossier with the National Film Board of Canada's Citizenshift, and with the Haiti Information Project (winner of a 2008 Project Censored award for making events in Haiti one of the most important under-reported stories in the world). My stories on Haiti were picked up by independent news sites around the world, including Global Policy Forum, Pacific Free Press, Upside Down World, Rabble.ca, Open Salon, Dominion and many others.
My documentary work on the impact of the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza during the Second Intifada was published by Chicago’s Electronic Intifada and became an exhibition exhibited in Montreal and in Winnipeg in 2004 and 2005. The exhibition was the winner of Concordia University's Prize for Contemporary Issues and the Heather Walker Memorial Scholarship.
My current photojournalism work is distributed by Demotix and Corbis and can be seen here : http://www.demotix.com/users/darren-ell/profile
My first book of photographs, entitled "Double Appartenance," co-authored with Philippe Montbazet and prefaced by World Press winner Roger Lemoyne, will be published in 2015 by Les Éditions Cayenne. The Media Gallery at Concordia University published the catalogue of my exhibition Haiti: Holdup.
My photojournalism has been published in Canada by the Toronto Star, the National Post, La Presse, The Montreal Gazette, CBC-Radio-Canada, Chatelaine, Citizenshift (National Film Board of Canada), Montreal Mirror, Hour, Dernière heure, Dominion, Canadian Dimension, Briarpatch Magazine, Alternatives le journal, Siafu Magazine, Tadamon! and Montreal Serai. My work has been published internationally with al-Jazeera, Open Democracy, Electronic Intifada, Electronic Lebanon, MIFTAH (Jerusalem), Haiti Analysis and Haiti Action.
VIDEO OF 2006 EXHIBITION "BETWEEN STATES"
VIDEO OF 2012 EXHIBITION "CARRE ROUGE : DROIT DE PAROLE"