René Rossignaud was born on December 4, 1980, in the beautiful island nation of Malta, which must have conditioned him to appreciate and want to capture the wonders of nature – and what a better way to achieve this through photography. After studying and graduating as a Graphic Designer, with special emphasis on photography, arts, design and sculpture, he chose to specialize in photography.
René has been busy using his talent both in Maltese and international events. He has accumulated the largest stock library of celebrity images on the Island, many of which have been published in countless magazines all over the world like Hello, OK Magazine, US Weekly, The Sun and many others. No celebrity personality visiting Malta, particularly film stars and singers, will leave the island without René having captured their shot, either on the film location itself or elsewhere.
In recent years, René has felt the urge to visit war zones and capture unique images of huan suffering and the ravages of war-torn nations. He has been to Gaza during the Hamas rule, witnessing bombing by Israeli fighters and the effect on poor farmers and their families. He was also the first Maltese photographer to visit Libya during the spring uprising and was hailed by the freedom fighters for promoting their cause through his work. He was also present during the street demonstrations in Egypt before Mubarak was overthrown and particularly in Tahrir Square where he captured some memorable images, which were published in many countries. René also worked in Syria and Iraq in the following years, covering these war-torn countries where he was shot on, fracturing a rib as he was leaving Syria and crossing back into Jordan.
His innovative ways have been noted beyond the Maltese shores, making him a regular red-carpet photographer at the yearly MTV European Music Awards. René prides himself in the fact that he does not resort to any trick photography to bring out special effects in his pictures. Instead, he produces unique pictures, in whatever situation he is working, simply by bringing the best out of his equipment, in which he is continuously investing. René is also a big Nikon enthusiast and collector, shooting with Nikon since the young age of 15.