Chantal Regnault was born in France, has lived in the United States since 1971, and has visited Haiti frequently since 1979. She was a doctoral candidate in French Literature at New York University before studying photography at the International Center for Photography and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Ms. Regnault supports herself as a photographer/photojournalist and is associated with Getty Images. The New York Times, Village Voice, Libération, Vanity Fair, Aperture, Geo, and Photo, among others, have published her work, and she served as researcher, writer, translator, and photographer for the 2003 book Artisans of Haiti. She has exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Haiti and is represented in the following collections: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles; The William Benton Museum of Arts, University of Connecticut; Museum für Kunst Geschichte, Fribourg; La Maison Européenne de la Photo, Paris. Ms. Regnault collaborated with Haitian filmmaker Rachèle Magloire to direct the award-winning documentary Deported(2012).
The Regnault Collection contains photos of classes and workshops, performances, private life, public life, rehearsals, and Haitian Vodou events. Ms. Regnault created the collection from 1983 to 1999.