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In Joseph's eyes, every photo is a mark in time.

Joseph Desaulniers, also known as the Photographer, is a hunter available for purchase after completion of the prologue. He is one of the 21 playable Hunters added to Identity V.


Joseph has white hair fashioned into a low ponytail with a gold ribbon. His skin is pale and his eyes are completely blue.

Joseph is dressed in a style explicitly of 18th century aristocracy. He wears a purple waistcoat, coat, and breeches; the breeches are secured to black stockings with a gold band. The waistcoat and coat are embellished with gold embroidery along the front, and embroidery in the back. The cuffs of the sleeves are similarly decorated, and peaking out under them are white ruffles. He also wears a gold jabot around his neck and dark teal heeled shoes with golden buckles.


Joseph is a slightly complex hunter to play that specializes in slowing down decoding across the entire map, and keeping survivors injured. His movement speed is slightly below average, but he has a fast attack recovery and a unique hitbox that covers almost 180º in front of him. He is able to set up a Camera World, where Cipher progress is paused and replicas of Survivors are generated and frozen in place. When a Camera World ends, half of the damage to replicated survivors is transferred to their real counterpart, and each Cipher Machine has the progress between the real and replica averaged out (often greatly decreasing progess).

For more details and tips on how his traits and abilities work, please see their individual pages.

External Traits



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Recommended Traits and Talents

  • Confined Space is helpful in helping Photographer corner survivors, especially since it is on the same line as Destructiveness which breaks pallets faster.
  • Berserker can be used to maximize his already fast attack recovery speed.
  • Claustrophobia would be able to potentially reset exit gates' progress if the camera world is active, making it a trait worth bringing if the match is expected to progress to end-game.
  • Common chosen traits are Blink and Teleport which both help him get places more quickly.

Character Statistics

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Movements and Interactions:

  • Model volume: Radius 0.38 m
  • Movement Speed: 4.64 m/sec
  • Turning speed: 800.0 degree(s)/s
  • Duration of vaulting over windows: 1.6 sec
  • Duration of destroying pallets: 1.92 sec
  • Duration of being stunned: 3.94 sec

Normal attack:

  • Launching action for normal attack: 0.6 sec
  • Effective range of normal attack: 3.46 m
  • Duration of recovery action from missed normal attacks: 0.58 sec
  • Duration of recovery action from normal attack hits: 2.58 sec

Charged attack:

  • Launching action for charged attack: 0.98 sec
  • Effective range of charged attack: 3.63 m
  • Duration of recovery action from missed charged attacks: 0.78 sec
  • Duration of recovery action from charged attack hits: 2.78 sec


  • Duration of ballooning: 1.8 sec
  • Duration of being stunned after Survivors escaped: 5.92 sec
  • Launching action for ballooning: 0.59 sec
  • Effective range of ballooning: 2.78 m


  • Fear radius: 32.07 m
  • Duration of recovery action from hitting scene objects: 1.33 sec

Character Background

Deduction Targets

All completed Objectives reward the player with +335 Logic points for the Logic Path. After the character's deductions are completed, their Worn Clothes will be available.

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Deduction Conclusion
1. Going Against: Trying to go back to the past is always difficult.
  • Basic Objective: Vault through 2 windows
  • Advanced Objective 1: Vault through 3 windows
  • Advanced Objective 2: Vault through 4 windows
Damaged Clipping: From the King... In light of the mutual trust and reciprocal love between the sovereign and his subjects, effective remedies for the country's malaise should be provided as soon as possible... Ensure public happiness to rediscover the peace and tranquillity that we have long been deprived of. The national conference will be held in the... palace.
2. Revolution: They howled, and their torches lit up the sky.
  • Basic Objective: Hit Survivors with a charged attack 1 time
  • Advanced Objective 1: Hit Survivors with a charged attack 1 time
  • Advanced Objective 2: Hit Survivors with a charged attack 2 times
Diary 1: We all love a fireplace in winter when the fire is bright and warm. But when it wreaks havoc on the streets, we realize that what's common in life can turn into something completely different.
3. Memories: The most alarming of all is oblivion and destruction.
  • Basic Objective: Trample 1 pallet
  • Advanced Objective 1: Trample 2 pallets
  • Advanced Objective 2: Trample 3 pallets
Damaged Portrait: A pair of smiling twin brothers standing in the middle of the young couple.
4. Exile: We are here because of the will of the people, and we will only be driven away by the bayonet.
  • Basic Objective: Activate Camera 1 time
  • Advanced Objective 1: Activate Camera 2 times
  • Advanced Objective 2: Activate Camera 3 times
Diary 2: Claude coughed so much that he could hardly sleep. Father said to wait for just another month and we would arrive.
5. Loss: I want him to come back.
  • Basic Objective: Enter Camera World 2 times
  • Advanced Objective 1: Enter Camera World 3 times
  • Advanced Objective 2: Enter Camera World 4 times
Perfect Portrait: An expressionless young man standing in the middle of a middle-aged couple.
6. Dark Box: It can project the scenery outside the box into the box, forming a reverse image with opposite sides.
  • Basic Objective: Hit Survivors in Camera World 3 times
  • Advanced Objective 1: Hit Survivors in Camera World 4 times
  • Advanced Objective 2: Hit Survivors in Camera World 5 times
Diary 3: Beautiful but fleeting. Even the most advanced painting techniques cannot perfectly reproduce the scene from the Black Box. Perhaps this is the limit of humans. Claude, my end is very much like yours.
7. Rumor: "Not knowing" is much scarier than "terrible".
  • Basic Objective: Utilize projection to cause 1 Survivor to become incapacitated when the Camera World merges with reality.
  • Advanced Objective 1: Utilize projection to cause 2 Survivors to become incapacitated when the Camera World merges with reality.
  • Advanced Objective 2: Utilize projection to cause 3 Survivors to become incapacitated when the Camera World merges with reality.
Diary 4: The maids and workers have recently become strange. It seems that they're whispering about something and more of them are taking sick leave. Lacking help from others, the experiment had to be put on hold because of the uncontrollable shaking of both my hands and feet. Claude, I can sense the approach of old age.
8. Corrode: Light is the best brush.
  • Basic Objective: Place 1 Survivor on a rocket chair in Camera World.
  • Advanced Objective 1: Place 2 Survivors on a rocket chair in Camera World.
  • Advanced Objective 2: Place 3 Survivors on a rocket chair in Camera World.
Damaged Lab Notes:... Silver nitrate can be replaced by silver chloride. The paper coated with silver chloride should be continuously placed in the dark box... Blur... Asphalt...
9. Develop: This reveals things that are not visible to the naked eye.
  • Basic Objective: Use Time Jump to go back in time and hit Survivors 1 time
  • Advanced Objective 1: Use Time Jump to go back in time and hit Survivors 2 times
  • Advanced Objective 2: Use Time Jump to go back in time and hit Survivors 3 times
Damaged Lab Notes 2:... The fumigation effect of mercury vapor is unexpected. Even ordinary workers can do the same...
10. Fear: It drives us crazy.
  • Basic Objective: Hit Survivors after switching the world 3 times
  • Advanced Objective 1: Hit Survivors after switching the world 5 times
  • Advanced Objective 2: Hit Survivors after switching the world 7 times
Damaged Clipping:... Joseph Desaulniers... is missing. Workers and maids claim that the mansion was cursed by the missing old man.

Character Backstory and Lore

  • The Deduction Quests give fragments of backstory, and were compiled into a conclusion under Theories.
  • It has not yet been revealed which canonical manor game he participated in as the Hunter.
  • See the letters received from his Character Day events for more insight.

Official Website Backstory

Joseph was forced to leave France and move to England with his parents. The pain of losing his twin brother caused Joseph to become absorbed with art. He hoped to save the live images of those people and objects to liven up his pictures. Joseph has become obsessed with parapsychology and hopes to make some interesting modifications to his camera. He started to tell his closest friends that he had found a way to capture souls in pictures. No one took him seriously, but then they started to notice that everyone whose picture was taken by Joseph disappeared one after another. When a panic-stricken mob forced their way into Joseph's residence, Joseph was nowhere to be seen. On the wall of his studio, however, were all kinds of lifelike portraits of people that seemed to be looking right at them.[1]


"Why don't you tell us about the stories you have read? Perhaps it would cheer everybody up."

The following section of this page contains theories and lore that has been pieced together by players and may contain unconfirmed information. If you add to this section, please only add theories supported by in-game evidence, and link to the source where such information was obtained or the original theorizer using references.

Deduction Conclusion

Claude and Joseph were twin brothers and children of nobility, and were very close to each other. The Desaulniers family lived happily until tragedy struck - the working class could no longer bear to suffer for the rich; a revolution had begun in France. Claude and his family fled France, but on the way to their new home, Claude contracted a disease and passed away before the journey had reached its end. Unable to overcome the grief of his twin brother's death, Joseph became fascinated and then obsessed with saving the memory of Claude, most notably within the photographs of when their family was alive and happy. As he became older he began to experiment with the occult in relation to photographs, testing if he could save people within them, and perhaps live in one himself in order to be with his twin. After many years Joseph was able to trap real people within his photographs, but as more people went missing from a nearby town a mob invaded his house. Joseph DeSaulniers himself, however, was missing and could not be found, though the servants claim he still haunted his mansion.

Further Conclusions

  • The deductions and letters for Joseph both clarify that he had reached old age in his lifetime before entering the camera world. Many theorize he reached 60 years of age, but the exact number is unconfirmed.[2]
    • It seems he feared death, and as he became older it is likely this affected how obsessed he was with his experiments.
    • Since Joseph seems to have been successful in going inside the world of photos, and was trying to go back to a time when his brother was still alive, that is likely why he appears as his younger self. It may also be why his in-game model is colored in the Camera World, while black and white in the real one.
  • It is clarified that he didn't used to be as obsessed with photos as he was later on, and rather it was someone else who spurred on his obsession and perhaps helping him continue his experiments.[3]

Appearance Decoration


Card Name Description Obtained by Cost
Azrael (Initial Release) He fell from the heavens and brought with him the first falling leaf of the season. Illusion Hall 2888 Echoes

12888 Fragments

Judge Justice? Fairness? These are only worth considering when one isn't bound by shackles. Season 13 Essence 2 N/A
Card Name Description Obtained by Cost
Apollo Only I can give you sunshine and hope, and only I can take them away. Season 6 Essence 1
Memory Spheres
Bloody Sword Acts in the dark in order to seize the Tome's power. He saw the end of the castle through the mirror. But when The Embrace appeared so unexpectedly, he was powerless to do anything. Nevertheless, he was not going to let go of his prey. Season 9 Essence 1
Memory Spheres
D. M (Third Anniversary) Beware not to lose yourself in his so-called "sincerity"! Third Anniversary Package $75 - $119+ (Package price, costume not sold individually)
En Ligne Are you ready to pierce the illusion? Season 12 Essence 2
Memory Spheres
Moonlight Gentleman The moonlight in dreams is gentle and affectionate, but no one tries to dance with him. Season 3 Essence 3
Memory Spheres
Card Name Description Obtained by Cost
"Ambassador" Your Highness, the last lesson you should learn is that kind people are actually more greedy. Season 11 Essence 3
Memory Spheres
Auctioneer He never thought that Pickman, who was ridiculed as a copycat, could utilise his imitation skills so well on things from the Nether. As a maniac admirer, the Auctioneer decided to spread the Netherwalker's work, so that the world would come to know of the Abyss' glamour and novelty. Abyss Treasure (COA III) N/A
Count Don't bother his Lordship, unless you want to be hung on the wall for eternity. Season 7 Essence 1
Memory Spheres
"Enigma" "Do you know how to kill a dragon? Sever its head amid raging flames and then embed it into the oldest wall." The dragon-slaying knight spoke softly into the light of the fire, the child in his arms resting on his shoulder. Looking at the scaly tail behind him, the child nodded in blissful ignorance. Mélodis Estate Investigation N/A
Hypnotist Medical Position: Hypnotist

Memo: Collecting vulnerable and distorted images of patients through hypnosis. Only Rorschach will have unnecessary sympathy for the patients... It's better that he goes and accompany those poor fellas!

Season 6 Essence 2
Memory Spheres
Iris Despite the limited success of the desert exploration, at least it proved that the notebook was valuable. I recruited a better team by offering better remuneration. On the first day of our forest exploration, they showed me what I have bargained for. Season 10 Essence 2
Memory Spheres
"Lies" Darling, every promise I make comes from my heart - if I had a heart. Season 5 Essence 2
Memory Spheres
Macbeth (Theater Event) The night is long that never finds the day. - Macbeth Event Store 100 Spy Glasses
The Client (Second Anniversary) Question 1 - the joy of a hunter, does it stem from the chase or the prey? Atropos' Ropes event N/A
Card Name Description Obtained by Cost
Original The original costume. Everything looks so natural. Already Equipped N/A
Joseph WC Card.png
Worn Clothes All the clothes are super tattered. Was it only a game they have been through? Final deduction quest reward N/A
Bloody Shadow A moment of joy can sometimes be like deadly poison, but who can refuse this romance? Season 4 Logic Path Block 1258 N/A
Shadow in Pond The visitor's face is reflected on the quiet surface of water, hiding the coldness of the pond. Season 11 Logic Path Block 502 N/A
Sunset Why don't those who wander the roads stop to enjoy the last moments of the sunrise as the sky dims and the twilight falls? Reaching Level 47 N/A


Non-exclusive accessories that can be worn by any hunter can be found here. The following only contains exclusive accessories.
Icon Name Description Obtained by Cost
Deadly Invitation Beware of the irresistible invitation-- it's a dangerous banquet filled with traps. Click, click. You may become his collectible in an instant. Season 13 Rank Treasure
Illusion Hall
1888 Echoes

8388 Fragments

"Mercy" (Third Anniversary) Third Anniversary Package $75 - $119+ (Package price, costume not sold individually)
Icon Name Description Obtained by Cost
Astral device.png
Astral Device Your future destiny is something which you foresaw long ago, but cannot avoid. Illusion Hall 1068 Echoes

3888 Fragments

Tenderness (Valentine's Day) Lovers who cannot meet each other are connected through this quill pen and eventually become a symbol of love. Illusion Hall 1068 Echoes

3888 Fragments

Icon Name Description Obtained by Cost
Snowman (Snow Festival) Snow can't be preserved forever. Event Store 80 Spyglasses



Basic graffiti that can be used by any character can be found here. The following only contains exclusive graffiti.
B-Tier (Golden Marble Pillar)
Icon Name Description Obtained by Cost
Commission Letter (Second Anniversary) Golden Rose Theater Event Dynamic Graffiti Log in during Second Anniversary event N/A
C-Tier (Stone)
Icon Name Description Obtained by Cost
Auctioneer Photographer's Graffiti, Auctioneer Abyss Treasure (COA III) N/A


This table lists all exclusive Emotes or Emotes with a unique animation obtainable for this character. Emotes that almost every character can use can also be found here.
B-Tier (Golden Blueprint)
Icon Name Description Obtained by Cost
Drinking Soup Drinking Soup emote, exclusive to Photographer April's Story event 3 unique fish
Salute Salute Motion, exclusive to Photographer Memory Spheres N/A
Threaten Threaten Motion, exclusive to Photographer Memory Spheres N/A
C-Tier (Blue Blueprint)
Icon Name Description Obtained by Cost
Troubled Troubled Motion, exclusive to Photographer Event Store 50 Spy Glasses

Standby Motions

This table lists all Standby Motions obtainable for this character. Standby Motions that almost every character can use can also be found here.
Icon Name Description Obtained by Cost
Demonstrate Photographer's motion in matching room, Demonstrate Memory Spheres N/A
Sneer Photographer's Standby Motion - Sneer Memory Spheres N/A
Snooze Photographer's Exclusive Matching Room Motion - Snooze Memory Spheres N/A
Visit Photographer's Exclusive Matching Room Motion - Visit (visible to Survivors) Memory Spheres N/A


  • His profile from the Anniversary Tales Collection Booklet, obtained from the Second Anniversary Event:
    • Don't be fooled by his elegance, or you might become an item in his collection in a split second. [The Photographer entered the Manor on November 1, 2018.]
  • The camera which Joseph most likely uses (and was the first working camera type) is from 1837, which uses a process called "daguerreotype." [4]
  • Joseph is based on Joseph Nicéphore Niépce [5], a French inventor credited with creating photography. The first permanent photograph of a camera image was made by him in 1825, but he died in 1833 - before the first consistently working camera was created by his friend Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre [6].
  • He is also heavily inspired by Dorian Gray, the main character from the gothic novel by Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray - Dorian sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty, while his portrait ages and withers away in his stead, similarly to how Joseph has two contrasting forms. [7]
  • Joseph, Yidhra and Percy are the only hunters unavailable in the Violent Struggle (Duo Hunters) mode.
  • He is of French descent, born into a family of French aristocrats.
    • The hunter Bloody Queen, Mary, is also from France, but the two are from different eras. The life period of the real queen Mary is based off of died (Marie Antoinette of France was executed in 1793[8]) long before Joseph's beloved camera was invented.
  • The name Joseph is of Hebrew origin and it means "He will add". It is the name of several biblical characters, and one of the most common European names.
  • He can jump between camera world and reality and attack at the same time, allowing for terror shocks.
  • He is left-handed.
  • He is one of the few hunters whose full name is known, along with Leo Beck, Bane Perez, Xie Bi'an & Fan Wujiu, Burke Lapadura, Robbie White, Guard 26 and Galatea Claude.
  • He appears in all three episodes of the stage play series produced in Japan. He is one of the featured characters of the first episode, alongside Aesop Carl. He was played by Igarashi Keisuke. His Moonlight Gentleman alternate costume appears in the comedy special performances of all episodes.


  • Deduction Star 2020:
    • "Take a photo and I can have its most beautiful disposition."
    • "Photos can make memorable things last forever."
    • "Can I take a photo of you, beautiful lady?"
  • Deduction Star 2021:
    • "No one can say for sure whether it's the actor or the audience who's entered the story."
    • "Union isn't the beginning, and separation isn't the end."
    • "Truths and lies, reality and imagination - it's all the same on stage and off."



  1. Official website character backstories -
  2. According to the official Identity V Artbook, Joseph's age is unknown - [1].
  3. "I also found out that he wasn't this crazy in the past. Things took a turn when he came back from a journey to somewhere far away. No one knows what happened during the trip, save that he brought back with him a number of mysterious books." - Macauley from Joseph's Letter 2021.