The attitude or approach of photographing widely varied events
and situations ranging from a film star’s smile to the agony of a child
paralysed by hunger and disease are an integral part of my career as a
photographer. On this website, the selection of images show the
diversity of subjects on which I have had the luck and opportunity to
work. The origin of my work does not come from the imagination, but from
the « reality » of human activity. It is complex, unpredictable,
extraordinary, astonishing, sometimes brutal and cruel.
Chili – Santiago – September 1986. A few days after the attack in which rocket launchers killed five guards protecting General Pinochet, several thousand Chileans demonstrated their support for the military dictatorship.
Czechoslovakia – Prague – October 28, 1989. This was the beginning of the “velvet revolution”. Czech youth were then protesting the Communist regime, hostile to any type of reform. On Wenceslas Square, students defied SWAT teams, shouting “We are empty handed!” “You are here to defend us”.
South Sudan – Kapoeta – April 1991. In the Sudan, the largest country in Africa, while civil war continues to rage between the north and south, this young girl is a victim of both malnutrition and tuberculosis.
At the edge of the village of Akakro, near the town of Bongouanou (halfway between Abidjan and Bouaké in the Ivory Coast), Alou lives chained to a dead trunk. This young man in his 20’s, who refuses to wear clothes, is one of thousands of mentally ill Africans, who are chained or hold
prisoners with a leg in a heavy block until the end of their life, only because they are considered as « lunatics »
Former USSR – Moscow – November 14, 1990. Not far from the Kremlin, near Red Square, several dozen individuals come from various provincial regions of the USSR and set up makeshift camps. Among them unemployed persons, orphans, single mothers, veterans, determined to express their demands and their right to decent housing. Vladimir, Nikolai, Natacha and Larissa were all prepared to spend a difficult winter so that Perestroika would at last reach out and give them a helping hand.
George holding the mummy of a child. Philippines
Cette Photo n’est pas truquée. Malvina, artiste subaquatique peint les requins gris aux Bahamas. La photo fut réalisée à l’occasion d’un « feeding sharks » à Nassau, sur l’ile de New providence, avec la participation de Bryan Cunningham du « Nassau Scuba Centre ».
Somalia – Mogadiscio – December 1992. The French Minister of Health, Bernard Kouchner, participated in the unloading of bags of rice sent by French school children to help local populations, victims of the civil war.
Pérou – Moro – 03/91. Une épidémie de choléra frappe le pays, et plus de 60 000 personnes en sont victimes. Dans le centre médical de Moro, au sud de Chimbote, la place manque et les lits sont bien souvent occupés par deux personnes malades.
Darfour/Soudan in the village of Khortial, village attack by the Janjaweed.
Yougoslavie – Sarajevo – 28/12/93. Bernard-Henri Lévy dans une tranchée taillée à même la roche de la colline de Grondj, pendant le tournage de « Bosna ».
Carla Bruni. Paris –03/95. Prêt à porter Automne-hiver. Yves Saint Laurent
Cannes – 05/87. Le cinéaste Maurice Pialat reçoit la Palme d’Or au Festival du Film de Cannes, pour son film : « Sous le soleil de Satan ». En arrière plan, Christophe Lambert et Catherine Deneuve.
Ouverture du premier restaurant du coeur. Coluche. 21/12/85 à Gennevilliers. Photo Alexis Duclos/Gamma
Coluche et Daniel Balavoine à Europe 1. 1985
Sydney – Australia – September 2000. Olympic Games. Individual performances in artistic gymnastics. Kristin Maloney (USA).
Laura Martinez (ESP)
Augusto Pinochet. Santiago. 1986.
Sud-Soudan – Khor Machi – 04/91. Alors que la guerre fait rage au Soudan, des Toposas posent avec un fusil automatique M 14. Armés par le gouvernement de Khartoum, pour s’opposer au SPLA (South People’s Liberation Army).Les Toposas les utilisent pour protéger leurs bétails, et accessoirement attaquer les convois humanitaires. South Sudan – Khor Machi – April 1991. While war continues to rage on in Sudan, Toposas pose with M-14 automatic rifles. Armed by the government based in Khartoum, the Toposas are opposed to the SPLA (South People’s Liberation Army). These weapons are also used to protect their herds and occasionally to attack convoys sent by humanitarian aid organizations.
France – Elysée Palace – November 1992. French President François Mitterrand speaks with Prime Minister Pierre Bérégovoy.
France – Paris – November 4, 1986 Hundreds of thousands of students protesting the Devaquet bill. Near the esplanade of Les Invalides, police were sprayed with red paint. Later, serious incidents occurred during which over sixty persons were injured, including two students, who were severely wounded.
USA – Naples – February 1994. In Florida, retired folk relax at the YMCA pool.
Spain – Barcelona – August 1992. Track and Field events. Men’s 10,000 meter race. Shelimo (Kenya), Skah (Morocco) and Tayeb (Morocco). The race was won by Skah.
Argentina – San Miguel de Tucuman – December 2002. In the Los Vasquez dump
CONTACT pour le magazine « ZOOM ». 1987. Article de Hervé LE GOFF
France – Garches – August 1987. Emergency care by doctors from the SAMU 92 given to a victim of defenestration.