Like many other French photographers of his generation, Denis Darzacq got his start in press photography where he forged his artistic methodology and became attuned to great disparaties in contemporary society. Convinced that staged images paradoxically serve to reflect society with greater acuity, Darzacq moved away from reportage in favor of narrative and collaborative series. More recently, Darzacq has embraced a new formalism but his cultural commentary remains.

Darzacq has exhibited extensively in Europe and North America. He received a World Press Photo Award in 2007 and the Niépce Prize in 2012. His work is included in numerous public and private collections including Centre Pompidou, Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Bidwell Projects, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Caldic Collection, and Agnès B.