Born in 1944 in Paris.
After studying literature, linguistics, semiology and anthropology at the Sorbonne and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, he taught at the University of Paris III, the University of Quebec in Montreal and a variety of art, photography and film schools, including the prestigious La Fémis (formerly L'IDHEC) in Paris. Winner of the Prix de Rome, he stayed at the Villa Medici from 1985 to 1987. Commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture he set up and is currently director of Le Fresnoy, National Studio of Contemporary Arts.
Maker of some 160 films ranging from such diverse genres as feature-length fiction, experimental cinema and art documentary, he directed the film Centre Pompidou, l'Espace d'une Odyssée in 2006/2007, commissioned for the 30th anniversary of the Pompidou Centre in Paris.
His films have been screened at many international festivals: Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Hyères, New York, London and Venice, and have twice won awards at the International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal. To date, six retrospectives of his cinematic oeuvre have been organised in Paris, New York, Montreal, Pesaro and Minsk.
His work as an artist and photographer is regularly shown in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in France and abroad. In 2006, three major exhibitions dedicated to his photographic works and installations were put on in Guangdong Museum of Art in Guangzhou, the National Art Museum of China in Beijing and Sungkok Art Museum in Seoul.
The author of around 20 books (novels, short story collections and essays on photography and cinema), Alain Fleischer has been increasingly focusing on his work as a writer in recent years. He published L'amant en culottes courtes (Editions du Seuil, Paris) in 2006 and 599 (Editions Contrasto, Rome).
Zoo zéro, 1978
L'aventure générale, 1980
Histoire, géographie, 1982
Le Louvre imaginaire, 1993
Un tournage à la campagne 27 juin 1936 - 15 août 1936, 1994
Un monde agité, 2000
Là pour ça, 1986
Quelques obscurcissements, 1991
La femme qui avait deux bouches, 1999
La Pornographie. Une idée fixe de la photographie, 2000
Quatre voyageurs, 2000
Les trapézistes et le rat, 2001
Les ambitions désavouées, 2003
Les angles morts, 2003
La hache et le violon, 2004
La femme couchée par écrit, 2005
L'accent, une langue fantôme, 2005
L'amant en culottes courtes, 2006