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HUGUES DE WURSTEMBERGER
Saharans
BOULODROME AGROCANET > > 8th - 26th MAY
“DESERT” THEME

AGENCE VU' / SWITZERLAND

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During several visits to the Western Sahara, refusing press trips and naive propaganda, Hugues de Wurstemberger shared the everyday lives of Saharans for a long period of time.
From 1991, he came back with a portrait which expresses his warm regard for these people and the cause that they defend, but which, by focusing on the ordinary and apparently anecdotal moments of their everyday life, also unveils the immemorial beauty of this people and its traditional lifestyle. Men live between the sand and the sky, far from the exoticism of dromedary caravans and kohl rimmed gazes.
Their hundreds of year old traditions are repeated, generation after generation, to protect a culture under threat. The subtly composed precise compositions toy with disequilibrium and light vibrations to provide a magical dimension to the most trivial situations and extract the fragile and precarious beauty.
This work falls within a new style of documentary which breaks the mould of the traditional rules of the genre to propose a new, slightly off-set vision of reality, but which drastically alters the conventions of our portrayal of reality. His perspective has invented a new ethnological approach through photography.

BIOGRAPHY

Hugues de Wurstemberger was born in 1955 in Switzerland. He has constructed a moving family album entitled Pauline and Pierre, the names of his two children. An accurate tone examining a childhood which teaches the tricks of the trade about the world. Particular attention is paid to the light through this black and white rendition with a square format, and the amazing and elegant freedom of the setting resists influence as well as repetition. Hugues de Wurstemberger lives and breathes photography. Whether a Swiss guard at the Vatican, a companion of the Saharan people, immersed in Africa or Latin America or a commentator in Switzerland about declining small-scale farmers, he always has this fresh vision, combined with high demands that make all his images seem self-evident.

PREVIEW


// PREVIEW //

themed exhibition "Desert"
THURSDAY 9th 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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