Dominique Laugé was born in La Rochelle in 1958 and studied literature at the University of Bordeaux. Between 1982 and 1984 he followed courses at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, where he also studied the zone system under Bob Werling and Ansel Adams. From 1985 onwards he worked as a professional photographer. In 1986 he moved to Milan where he stayed till 2005 when he returned to France. Today he works on many editorial projects as well as producing images for exhibitions around Europe. Since 2010 he organizes the International Photography Residency Prize of The Fondation des Treilles under the presidency of Maryvonne de Saint Pulgent. He lives between, Paris, Gaillac and Milan.

During his career he received many prizes, amongst which were the Epica International advertising prize for the Ciappi campaign (1990), the Art Directors Club Italian for several advertising campaigns (1991, 1993) the Kodak European Gold Award for Portrait Photography (1995, 1996), and the Prix Mediastar for the IULM campaign (2005).