D’Agata was born in Marseille in 1961. He left France in 1983 to start a series of travels. He studied photography at the International Center of Photography in New York City in 1990, under the tutelage of Larry Clark and Nan Goldin
D’Agata’s work deals with addiction, sex, personal obsessions, darkness, prostitution, and other topics widely considered taboo. He often uses his own life experiences as source material. “My intimacy is linked so much to my work, and my work depends so much on my intimate experiences of the world. It’s all intermingled.”
D’Agata has been a full member of Magnum Photos since 2008. He has published more than a dozen books and three films.