40 Years of Photography: 1981-2021 – Outside the Frame


From: August 28, 2021 @ 10:00
To: September 26, 2021 @ 20:00 CEST

Venue info

Couvent des Minimes
Address: 24, rue Rabelais
City: Perpignan
Country: France
Zip: 66000
Photo by Eric Bouvet / VII. Chechnya, 2000. During the first Chechen conflict (1995-1996), I made five trips to Grozny, but this time Minutka Square, a strategic access point in the capital, was unrecognizable. Everything had been razed to the ground. I had only just arrived, and this was the first picture I took. The woman had been forced to leave after the Russians blew up all the buildings so that Chechen fighters could not come back and hide there. Her husband and two sons were dead. All she had was the picture of her husband and two carpets.

While a clockmaker sees time in constant motion, a photographer brings time to a standstill, enjoying freedom and encountering limitations when doing so. The photographer is free to press the pause button on the world for the time it takes to capture an image. Restrictions come with technical requirements that need to be dealt with so as to visually encompass the scope of the earth. It may be the greatest job ever, but there is a price to pay, the price of bringing vast creative freedom to serve and provide documentary records of the human race. Such is the essence of photojournalism, and the aspiration is a source of wonderment, as well as a challenge, for in practice the world is never black and white, but a broad and subtle range of grays. Photographers hunting down pictures must first vanquish any feelings of fear, then reconcile two antithetical dimensions, their love of the world and the depiction of the world as it is. Contrast can be the goal, contrast in opposition or apposition with two mutually edifying elements. But which element is to be chosen?

Eric Bouvet

, Paris
Eric Bouvet (born 1961) began his photographic career in 1981 after studying art and graphic industries in Paris. His interest in photography was sparked when, at the age of 8, he watched the first live television images of the Apollo 11 mission landing on the moon. It was then that he realized the importance of news and historic moments, not to mention capturing them on film. Bouvet worked as a staff photographer at the French photo agency Gamma during the 1980s and launched his freelance career in 1990.
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