As a committed photographer, Christine Spengler devotes her art to "forgotten" causes. At the risk of her life, she wants to bring out the beautiful aspects of the saddest of events that happen to mankind (Chad, Beirut, Kabul...).
In Lybia, Christine Spengler photographs President Khadafi and learns Arabic.
She begins to write a book about her life.
Then she goes to Chile for the newspaper Times.
In 1984, she is taken hostage in Beirut by the Morabitoune fighters.
Christine Spengler stays in Madrid, the town where she grew up, from 1984 to 1988 and photographs the most famous bullfighters almost as if they were icons. These extremely coloured images were a real antidote to stress and anxiety: "I said to myself (...) that each time I would take a photograph of mourning, I would take a photograph of beauty". These photographs are put together in a book called Virgins and bullfighters, written by Pedro Almodovar and Christian Lacroix.
In 1991, following the publication of her autobiography Une femme dans la guerre (Editions Ramsay) and the exhibition Guerres et Rêves at the Espace photographique of Paris, Christine Spengler is invited on a television programme with Henri Chapier, Bernard Pivot, Bernard Rapp, Jean-Marie Cavada and Aline Pailler.
In 1995, she works in Saigon for the 25th anniversary of the end of the war. In Kabul, she photographs women oppressed by the Taliban. In 1998, Pol Pot dies and Christine Spengler returns to Cambodia.
In 1998, she is awarded a Prize by the SCAM (Civil society of multimedia authors) for her story Femmes dans la guerre (1970-1997) and in 2002 she is named "Woman of the Year" for all her work on war.
Demonstration of the Shiite political movement in Beirut. Protestants hold posters of Lebanese resistance leader and Muslim cleric Ragheb Harb
Giorno dei Morti nei pressi del cimitero di La Paz, in Bolivia, per commemorare, Bolivia, 1 novembre 1980
All images © Christine Spengler/Sygma/Corbis