After joining the Gamma agency in 1979, Thierry Secretan contributed to the launch of Actuel magazine the same year.
For more than twenty years, Africa has attracted him. His passion for Ghana brought him to settle in there from 1989 to 1992, years during which he carried out an important photographic and cinematographic work about the evolution of funeral rites. This work was showed in publications and exhibitions in many countries.
As of then, his photographs have focused on changes experienced by traditional societies. All this questioning can still be found in his most recent works. His photographic approach has always been dictated by an historical research and the study of existing photographic archives.
Thierry Secretan published several books, including Açores (Au Pont des Arts editions, Paris, 2013),1914-1918, le temps de nous aimer (Paris, La Martinière, 2012), Buried Spirit (Tokyo, Kyoichi Tsuzuki, 2000), Castles and Forts of Ghana (Paris, Accra, Atalante, 1999), Going into Darkness (London, Thames & Hudson, 1995), Il fait sombre va-t’en ! (Paris, Hazan, 1994).