Born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, in 1942, she discovered photography in 1965. Her photos have been shown at exhibitions at the PPS Gallery in Hamburg, the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna, the Photography Biennale Torino in Italy, the Museum of Modern Art in Passau (Germany), the WestLicht/Leica Gallery in Vienna and many other places.
She first travelled to the Western Sahara in 1983. There she began working on her unconventional documentary on the Polisario freedom fighters (1987) under the title Saharawis – Sons and Daughters of the Clouds and later featured in an exhibition at the 1993 photo festival Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan, France. In 1987, her book Lebenszeichen (“Signs of Life”) was published, a cross-section of her photography from 1974 to 1986. Sanfte Geburt (“Gentle Birth”) and Hallodris und Heilige, Engel und Lemuren – die Figuren auf den Dächern Wiens” (“The Sculptures on Vienna’s Rooftops”) were published in 1994. Her book on Tuareg women of the desert was published in 2000 with an exhibition Castle Goldegg in Salzburg.
Christine de Grancy has been represented by the AnzenbergerAgency since its founding in 1989 and a 16-page printed portfolio of her work on Pakistan was published by the agency in 2002. Many of her books are available by the AnzenbergerGallery bookshop.