After studying language and communication sciences at Université des Lettres d’Avignon, Badessi enrolled in a photography course at Université Paris VIII. Curious about the psychological aspects of the interaction that occurs between a photographer and his sitter during a photo session, he decided to base his M.A. thesis on that subject, and spent several months in Niger, Africa taking photographs of isolated tribes that had never or very rarely been exposed to the medium. For this project, he received many prominent awards and grants including La Bourse de l’aventure with Fujicolor and the Humanity Photo Award with UNESCO.
Badessi started his career in Paris and continued working abroad before moving to the United States in the early 90s.
After spending ten years focusing on the human figure, his work SKIN, was compiled in a book of the same name internationally released in 2000 by Edition Stemmle. The book contains a foreword written by Sondra Gilman, Founder and Chairperson of the photography committee at the Whitney Museum.
He uses symbolism, mythology, historical and cultural references to create his images. His work often addresses subtle and relevant questions on social, political, and cultural issues, such as the relationship with religion, war or the environment.
Badessi’s photographs are part of many important private and public collections. He has received several prestigious awards, including a grant from the French Department of Cultural Affairs for his Paris show Métamorphoses. A large-scale photograph from his series Age of Innocence was recently exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London for the prestigious Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.
The book Age of Innocence has been released this spring by Editions Images Plurielles. Solo and group shows of his work have taken place around the world in major cities worldwide.