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After having studied archeology at the Sorbonne and at the Ecole du Louvre, Lara-Scarlett has been traveling the globe for several years. She lets the encounters guide her travels. She has chosen to study archeology, believing that knowing past civilizations would be a key to understand our societies. During her travel in contact with local populations, she became passionate about ethnology and photography.


In April 2016, she started to work on a documentary about all the displaced people of the Nineveh plain (Yezidi, Christians, Muslims).


In May-June 2016, Lara-Scarlett spent more than two months in Syria (Damascus, Homs, Palmyra, Mar Mussa, Tartous, Safita, Mysiaf) mostly through homestays and traveling in public transports to get closer to the population. She got interested in the various ethnic groups in Syria (Ismaili, Druze, Alawite, Shia, Sunni, Christian), as well as artisans and the cultural heritage. For this, she followed the work of the DGAM (Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums) in Palmyra and Damascus for several days.


In October 2016, Lara-Scarlett went to Baghdad and then to the province of Salah al-Deen to follow the training of Iraqi archaeologists in the drone technique (photogrammetry) by the French company ICONEM in association with UNESCO and the SBAH (State Board of Antiquities and Heritage) for the preservation of the cultural heritage in Iraq.



«Il n’y a pas de hasard, il n’y a que des rendez-vous.» Paul Eluard

« There are no coincidences, only encounters » Paul Eluard

In December 2016, the jury of the FIDAL Youth Photography Awards paid tribute to the work of Lara-Scarlett Gervais on the evacuation of the Museum of Palmyra, with of a special mention, for the exclusivity of the subject.

Since 2017, she is a photographer for agency Sipa Press.

Founder and president of the association Heritage et Civilisation.

Lara-Scarlett Gervais au Palais Abasside à Bagdad en Irak. © Romain Rouffet
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