After graduating from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts in photography, Julien Chatelin returned to France in 1992 to become an independent photojournalist. His work took him frequently to the Caucasus, the Balkans, Abkhazia, Chechnya, Kosovo, Kurdistan, Xinjiang, central Asia, the Middle East, Western Sahara and Tibet.
In 2000 Julien Chatelin co-founded the award-winning French photo reportage magazine de l’air. In 2008 Julien Chatelin published Israel Borderline(Images en Manoeuvre), a 160 page monographic book, depicting the complexity of Israeli society. The book was later a finalist for the prestigious 2009 POYi book award.