C’est l’histoire d’une violence silencieuse lorsque personne ne comprend plus rien mais qu’une autre logique prend le dessus et broie tout sur son passage sans regarder en arrière…
Salah Benacer (www.400asa.net) does not correspond to the typical portrait imagined for the photojournalist, even though this designation is not quite exact as far as he is concerned: it would be more appropriate to talk about essayist photographer or photographer of essays. Essays in touch with reality and the drifts of individual and collective stories, prepared thanks to important documents regarding culture, study of the population and economy of the country, preceding a work in the field during about five weeks.
When I look at the twenty photographers which make up this Metropolis edition of PRIVATE, it’s not what makes the cities different from each other that strikes me, in fact I’d say that these big cities are very similar to each other, not in their detail, faces, bodies and scenes, but in the variety of emotions which they arouse and which we all experience.
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