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The church of Lamorlaye is closed, like all other places of worship.

In Oise, Where the Coronavirus Stopped Time

by Eric Bouvet

Eric Bouvet went on a road trip through the Oise, the first French department impacted by the Coronavirus. Each site photographed is directly related to the virus — the church of Lamorlaye is closed, the Creil hospital has experienced several deaths, and the airbase is possibly the point of entry of the virus into France.

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    The church of Lamorlaye is closed, like all other places of worship.

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    Creil hospital, which has had several deaths from the virus.

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    The air force base of Creil, forbidden to photograph, and suspected of being one of the entry points of the virus into France.

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    Cultural centers, such as theaters, libraries, and cinemas are closed in the city of Creil.

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    Pont-Saint-Maxence, where the cultural center and the media library are closed.

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    The cultural center of Pont-Saint-Maxence which is closed.

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    The cultural center and library of La-Croix-Saint-Ouen are closed, like others in Oise.

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    The road between Crepy en Valois and Creil, two cities that have been impacted by the coronavirus.

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    The school of La-Croix-Saint-Ouen which is closed.

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    The high school of Crépy-en-Valois is closed, like others in the region.

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    The Compiegne forest is between the cities od Creil and Crépy-en-Valois, cities which have experienced death from the coronavirus.

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    Crépy-en-Valois is the city most affected city by the virus.

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    In Crépy-en-Valois, in front of the entrance to the gymnasium adjoining the Jean-Monnet high school.

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    The cemetery of Crépy-en-Valois, the city most affected city by the virus.

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    The retirement home of Crépy-en-Valois, where four people have died.

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    The city hall of Crépy-en-Valois. The mayor is sick with coronavirus.

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    On the road from Vaumoise and Lagny-le-Sec.

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    The station of Vaumoise, the city that experienced that first French death due to the Coronavirus.

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    Vaumoise, the city that experienced that first French death due to the Coronavirus. The mayor has asked for the municipal elections to be postponed.

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    All training and sporting events have been canceled in Nanteuil-le-Haudouin,

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    The schools in Lagny-Le-Sec are closed.

    In an interview with L’Oeil de la Photographie, Eric described his process.

    The use of the large-format camera and the choice to use direct paper instead of film, is due to both time-saving factors, and to the fact that the paper holds surprises in the result, a bit like the polaroid for example. The magic of film!

    The large-format camera is a way of working with time and perspective — even if I work quickly, I know what I want when I arrive on the stage because I will be taking only one shot.

    I’ve been working with these devices for about 20 years. For reflection, the time it takes, the quality and the relationship with people, which is quite different. I had no problems with the demonstrations, for example, neither on the police side nor with the thugs. A kind of respect maybe…

    Of course, direct paper and postproduction make it a little dark, but isn’t the subject itself?

    Preserving Hope in Afghanistan

    VII was proud to collaborate with UNICEF on a video and photo campaign aimed at protecting children in the world’s most lethal conflict.

    “Afghan children, their families, and communities suffer the horrific consequences of conflict each and every day. Those same children are desperate to grow up, go to school, learn skills, and build a future for themselves. We can, and must, do so much more to reinforce their extraordinary courage and resilience.” — UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore

    Ed Kashi served as director and cinematographer for a film about 12-year-old Sameer who was injured in a suicide attack. Every child should be able to go outside in safety. For Sameer,  this was not an option. Click to watch the video on Facebook or Instagram

    Photo by Eric Bouvet

    Eric Bouvet’s photography is included on the cover and throughout the “Preserving Home in Afghanistan” Child Alert Report. Included in the report is the above image of 15-year-old Rahimullah.

    Rahimullah was fleeing a battle in his village in Helmand province when there was a large explosion. “I was walking ahead of my brother,” recalled Rahimullah. “Suddenly I stepped on a landmine and was thrown into a nearby stream. When I opened my eyes, I saw that both of my legs had been severed.” The boy was saved by a stranger who carried him to safety. Having survived this horrific experience, the two boys later suffered the deaths of their parents and were placed in care. Today, Rahimullah and his brother, Hafeezullah, live at an orphanage near the city of Kandahar, where they attend school, and where Rahimullah can indulge his passion for basketball. “I love to study,” said Rahimullah. “When I grow up I want to help others with disabilities. I feel I understand them having gone through it myself.”

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