Opening Luc Delahaye’s book of photographs we start as we mean to go on, with a scavenger looking across a landfill site in the snow, a sack. Luc Delahaye made his name as a photojournalist and war photographer. The result was a pocket book, Winterreise, the title a reference to. Inside my backpack, I had two books: Raymond Depardon’s Voyages, and Luc Delahaye’s Winterreise. Every day, I would thumb through these.

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Baghdad, from Luc Delahaye’s book, “History”. This is what Delahaye did.

You see that when you leave the camera on its own. The result was a pocket book, Winterreise, the title a reference to Schubert’s Winter Journey song cycle. Not the red of Communism though — it is a huge Coca-Cola mural occupying the entire end wall of a block of flats.

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A wiry man of 41, a thoughtful and precise talker, Delahaye is often loosely described as being of peasant stock. The digital camera will do almost everything for the photographer – focus, judge the exposure, compensate for variations of light. Follow me on Twitter My Tweets. I don’t think I had subjects in the past.

The images he shot along his journey, taken in the only available light of low-wattage electric bulbs, are raw, garish, red smears of human destitution, the tawdry furnishings a physical extension of the debauched bodies. Anais marked it as to-read Apr 01, To find out more, including lux to control cookies, see here: It helped me a lot to define what I wanted to do in photography, to delahayee an attitude.


One wonders if there are many people willing to pay hard currency just for that. Elsewhere a young girl wearing lipstick sits on a bed staring impassively at the camera, suggesting one way to survive.

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I’m doing what I’ve always done, but now it’s quite formalized. Some of the most powerful work you did in the past was during the war in Bosnia.

Bill rated it it was amazing Jan 25, Open Preview See a Problem? Lenin would doubtless be shocked to see such disparities still present.

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General information and contact My main blog can be found at: This book is not yet featured on Listopia. It’s not a real panoramic, as the ratio is 1: There is no known artistic background.

Nobody should have to live like this. In the new direction that you are now moving, what do you hope to show in your future photographs that you feel was missing in the past work? Luc Delahaye Delahaye joined Magnum in as a nominee and became a full member in He cooked lunch for me – smoked salmon, spaghetti, terrific cheeses, wine, of course – and we discussed at leisure his attitudes, his experiments and his claims for his work.

And Delahaye is probably unique in being willing publicly to criticise the master and his legacy. A psychiatric patient with a heavily bruised face is a sign that such social conditions are not conducive to empathy. A dead Taliban fighter, shoes removed and his wallet tossed nearby, surrounded by footprints, every detail winterreis with amazing clarity.


Lists with This Book. He didn’t really need to put the film in the camera – the importance for him is the act of taking pictures I hope it allows “more of everything” to surface.

A couple of weeks after Luc Delahaye answered these questions, I went to see the photography collection of the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Va. Inside the houses nothing is new, everything is used until it falls apart, or even beyond. Has this way of showing your work been successful for you? Carter marked it as to-read Jul 11, No wonder the Russian life expectancy and birth-rate are so low.

Sloan rated it it was amazing Nov 09, I like wimterreise density of the small format.


The small size of the book conveys an intimate feel, and in order to be unobtrusive Delahaye has used a fast film and avoided flash, which gives the images the soft grainy, often blurry, look of snapshots caught on the fly that belies their artistry.

In another experiment inDelahaye took a hidden camera into the Metro and snatched shots of people sitting opposite him. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. An old picture of Lenin occupying one shot is an ironic comment on dashed aspirations. No trivia or quizzes yet. Martin marked it as to-read Aug 20,