While pursuing her graduate degree at the School of Fine Arts in Paris, Estelle Hanania spent her free time in the photo lab, experimenting with the large-scale color prints for which she has become renowned. At the same time, Hanania freelanced as an art director for Ogilvy, a post she left after graduation in order to pursue a career behind the lens. The payoff was immediate: a month after receiving her degree, Hanania won the photo prize at the 2006 Hyères Festival. Since then, her photographs have appeared in Vice, The Wire, Exit, Sang Bleu and Capricious, among others, and she has been commissioned by fashion brands including Maison Martin Margiela, Opening Ceremony, Issey Miyake and Zucca. In 2008, Hanania began her ongoing collaboration with Christophe Brunnquell on photo-performance projects under the name Hanania & Brunnquell. Her pictures have been collected into four books, most recently Glacial Jubilé published by Shelter Press, and she been the subject of two solo shows in Paris.
Esther Hanania is based in Paris.