Having studied at the New England School of Photography in Boston, in 1988 Aquin has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, France, Switzerland, Holland and Spain, Greece, Germany, China, as well as the United Arab Emirates. Notable exhibitions include: The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (1994); the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (1996); the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2008); the Musée de l’Élysée Lausanne (2010), the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego (2011); the McCord Museum, Montréal (2013); Somerset House, London (2013); the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2013, 2015); FotoDock, Holland (2014); as well as participating in the Mois de la Photo à Montréal (1993, 1997, 2003); and Les Rencontres d’Arles, France (1991, 2014).
His works have been appeared internationally in print media, notably, TIME Magazine, Canadian Geographic, The Guardian, Foto8, Canadian Art, Walrus Magazine and L’actualité. He has also produced long form journalism, monographs, and photo-essays, sharing his environmental and humanitarian concerns with a variety of publics.
Aquin’s series, The Chinese “Dust Bowl” (2005-2007), examining the human-made desertification of Northern China, was awarded the National Magazine Award Silver Medal for Photojournalism and Photo Essays, as well as the prestigious Prix Pictet. He has also received the Prix Antoine-Desilets (2006), the Canadian National Newspaper Award (2007) and the Grand Prix Lux (2007).
Aquin’s work is represented in collections of institutions such as the Montreal Museum of Fine Art; the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec; The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography; the Canada Council Art Bank; the National Gallery of Canada; the Banque Pictet, Geneva; and the Library of Congress, Washington DC. Benoit Aquin is represented by Galerie Hugues Charbonneau in Montréal.