In the death of another, there is a loss to us all.
These simple and penetrating words tell everything there is to tell. I should end my post here, because any other sentence I could write would only be a distracting noise, covering the suffering and understanding.
Being a photographer can also mean being a witness and taking the responsibility to tell the world what is happening to people suffering and dying, people who have been forgotten and that can now reclaim their right as human beings.
Being a photographer can also mean connecting with these people’s sufferings and deaths. You take a photograph and the subject stares right back at you. You can’t close your eyes. You have to look, to understand, respect and learn from the exchange.
The Galerie Fait & Cause in Paris is one of the only galleries in France and in the world entirely dedicated to social documentary photography. From November 30 2010 to January 29 2011 it exposes a retrospective of the Italian photo reporter Paolo Pellegrin.
We can no longer say that we did not know.
Quotes: Paolo Pellegrin