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MARIE-LAURE DE DECKER
Frolinat Soldiers
BOULODROME AGROCANET > 8th - 26th MAY
“DESERT” THEME

FRANCE

In 1975 at the time of the famous Claustre affair Marie-Laure de Decker met and spent nearly two years photographing the rebels in Frolinat, the National Liberation Front of Chad.
This was a completely original series of thirty or so images of soldiers that she made pose majestically, unprecedented in the world of photojournalism.

Marie-Laure de Decker, whose career started with the surrealists, went on to Vietnam from 1970 to 1972. She then worked for the famous Gamma agency. In the 80s, she followed the fall of apartheid in South Africa until the advent of Mandela.
She then concentrated on set photography. In 2000, a retrospective was devoted to her at the MEP. She then left to live with the Woodaabe, a tribe in Southern Chad.

Marie-Laure de Decker has just been awarded the Planète Albert Kahn prize (PIPAK photography 2012).

BIOGRAPHY

A passion deeply ingrained in her since 1966 – the year something "clicked" - Marie-Laure de Decker was often found where contemporary history was in the making. In Vietnam, first of all, from 1970 to 1972, in Northern Chad then in 1975, then the USSR, China, Mozambique and South Africa in 1985 ‘at a time when we wondered if apartheid was going to fall one day.’ To take care of her sons, the Gamma photographer shifted from reporting to glamour. It was the time to take fashion shots for Vogue, portraits of artistic personalities like Jacques Prévert, Marguerite Duras, Orson Welles and Gainsbourg...but also photos on the sets of "Van Gogh" and "Under the Sun of Satan ", films by Maurice Pialat.

PREVIEW


// PREVIEW //

themed exhibition "Desert"
FRIDAY 10th MAY – 6pm / BOULODROME AGROCANET
Quai des Moulins
In the presence of the photographer.


// AUTOGRAPHS //

Book signing sessions have been organised in partnership with the bookshop L'Échappée Belle, during previews and at the Chais des Moulins, from 8th to 12th May.

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