Yann Mingard (born 1973) is a Swiss photographer, who worked as a horticulturist-gardener before he studied photography at the Universities of Geneva and Vevey. Over the past ten years Mingard has worked predominantly on long-term projects that explore the politics of modern identity formation as contained in human interactions with nature and the built environment. His long-term projects include Deposit, a project documenting the way we as humanity collect and store human and biological samples, as well as electronic data; which was presented both as a book and a solo exhibition exhibited in more than twenty institutions and festivals. More recently, ‘Ligne de Fond’ also resulted in both book and exhibition formats and was conceived as part of the inaugural Enquête photographique neuchâteloise, exhibited at Musée des beaux- arts du Locle (CH) in 2015. Here, Mingard closely followed the intended route of a never realised transport project called TransRun; investigating the landscape, politics and identity of the Neuchâtel region.
Mingard has also worked in a number of regions of Central Asia and has completed projects in the Tuva Republic and the Kazakhstan oil industry. As well as having exhibited throughout Europe and in the United States, his work has been published widely in major magazines and newspapers globally.