Born 1978 in Paris, France.
She lives and works in Paris and Värmland, Sweden.

In 2012 Margot Wallard moved to Sweden, with her partner, the photographer JH Engström, to a hamlet in the back and beyond. Experiencing an overwhelming need to turn the lens on herself, she took refuge in nature and started a new project Natten. The forest became a place of resistance, somewhere where she could give free rein to that part of herself that does not cheat. With long exposures, leaving the shutter sufficient time to etch onto the film of the movements of the soul. Besides being her own model, she scans the things around her – animal, vegetable or mineral. By using the means of recording reality in its purest expression, she finds a different way of coming to grips with it. The space she leaves between the camera and herself is also the space she puts between the spectator and her image. The still on going project was exhibited in Landskrona Foto Festival, Sweden and also shortlisted for the The Source-Cord Prize in 2014. 

The series Natten will be published as a book later in 2016. Margot Wallard started to photograph at the age of 16. Since 1997 she has been working with international acknowledged photographers such as Michael Ackerman, Antoine D’ Agata, or Anders Petersen.

She has been working on many projects and published several books whereof three with her partner JH Engström. Together, in 2012, they founded the Atelier Smedsby, a one-year international workshop, based in Paris, France, with participants from all over the world.

Artist News

MARGOT WALLARD | Present Nature | Alma Löv Museum, Östra Ämtervik

17 Jun, 2023
Alma Löv Museum of Unexpected Art presents an extensive group exhibition of contemporary Swedish and international artists. Present Nature presents fourteen artists from six countries who from different angles highlight nature and presence.

MARGOT WALLARD | Animalités | Carré Amelot – Espace culturel Ville de la Rochelle

27 Sep, 2022
The group exhibition Animalités brings together three photographic approaches to animality.

MARGOT WALLARD | Love Songs Photography and intimacy | MEP, Paris

30 Mrz, 2022
The collective exhibition Love Songs proposes a completely new vision of the history of photography through the prism of intimate relationships between lovers.

Vista Point. Re-Connecting Nature | Group Exhibition at KunstHaus Potsdam

9 Okt, 2020
The exhibition ‚Vista Point. Re-Connecting Nature‘ is a cooperation between the Kunstverein KunstHaus Potsdam and the Dorothée Nilsson Gallery.


Awards, Grants and Residencies

Shortlisted with the series Natten of Leica Oskar Barnack Award in 2015

Shortlisted with the dummy Natten of Dummy Award Kassel in 2015

Shortlisted with the series Natten du Source-Cord Prize en 2014

DRAC Ile de France for a photo project about cities in Asia and US 2008

Mairie de Montreuil for a reportage about alternativ Circus 2002


7 Days, Athens, November 2011, with JH Engström, Superlabo Edition, Japan 2012

Eu Women, Atelier Reflexe , Montreux, France/Fotohof, Salzburg, Austria, 2007

Reflexe X, Centre d’Information Reflexe & Dirk Bakker, Paris, France 2005

Ex In, Fotohof editions Salzbourg, Autriche / Silverbridge, Paris, France 2004

Reflexe VIII, Centre d’Information Reflexe & Dirk Bakker, Paris, France 2003

Reflexe VII, Centre d’Information Reflexe & Dirk Bakker, Paris, France 2002

Reflexe VI, Centre d’Information Reflexe & Dirk Bakker, Paris, France 2001

Reflexe IV, Centre d’Information Reflexe & Dirk Bakker, Paris, France 1999

Esquire (Russia) Portfolio My Brother Guillaume and Sonia

Revue Camera (France) Portfolio Natten

Dummy Magazine (Germany) Portfolio My Brother Guillaume and Sonia

Eyemazing (England) Portfolio Foreign Affair

Objektiv (Norway) Portfolio No Name No City


Natten, edited and designed by Greger Ulf Nilson, publisher Max Ström, 2017

Karaoke Sunne, together with JH Engström, Superlabo Edition, Japan 2014

My brother Guillaume and Sonia, Journal, Sweden 2013

Foreign Affair, together with JH Engström, Superlabo Edition, Japan 2011

Solo Exhibitions

Natten, Galerie Vu, Paris, France 2018

Natten, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery, Berlin, Germany 2017

Natten, Athens Photo Festival, Greece 2016

Natten, Landskrona Fotofestival, Sweden 2014

Group Exhibitions

Love Songs, MEP, Paris, France, 2022

Vista Point. Re-connecting Nature, Kunstverein KunstHaus Potsdam, Germany 2020

Paris Photo, Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, Paris, France 2016

Unseen Photo Fair, Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, Amsterdam, NL 2016

Fryspunkt/Freezing Point, Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden 2016

Natten, Gallery Nabokov, Paris, France 2015

Vraie ou Faux?, Raum linksrechts & Loge, Hamburg, Germany 2011

Vraie ou Faux?, Ventilazione Wasagasse Ecke Hörlgasse, Vienna, Austria 2011

Magic Trick, Gallery Cobertura Photo, Sevilla, Spain 2010

I bought me a cat, Gallery Micamera, Milan, Italy 2009

Magic Trick, New York Photo Festival 09, New York, US 2009

I bought me a cat, Fotografia International Rome’s Festival, b>Gallery, Italy 2008

EU Women, New York Photo Festival 08, New York, US 2008

EU Women, Foto Festiwal, Gallery FF, Lodz, Poland 2007

EU Women, Instants Chavirés, Montreux, France 2007

EU Women, Gallery Coberturaphoto, Sevilla, Spain 2007

Tu te souviens de cette teuf?, Heart Gallery, Paris, France 2005

Ex In, Gallery Maeght, Barcelone, Spain 2005

Schaugrund, Museum Quartier, Vienna, Austria 2005

Poussières Parallèles, Khumbamela 2003 in India, Gallery Une Galette dans l’Art,

Paris, France 2003

Reflexe VIII, Arles Photofestival, Espace Siqueros, Arles, France 2003