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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Nelson rated it really liked it Aug 09, What happens when the shutter fires? In Bosnia, I had the possibility to work on a long-term basis. The photo, entitled “Taliban ,” from the “History” project, commands attention, and not just because of scale: David rated it it was amazing Jan 04, I like the 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.

And I wanted to try a poetic approach on a subject, something different from the dryness of my war pictures. T he Magnum and Newsweek photographer Luc Delahaye recently declared publicly that he was no longer a photojournalist.

Winterreise, by Luc Delahaye | The Joy of Mere Words

From the prints in History, I chose one of George W Bush addressing the UN Security Council, and then put it to Delahaye that “one can legitimately look at that and say, that would be the position from which any agency photographer would take a picture of an international gathering. Certainly the images speak for themselves, but a commentary would have made them even more vocal.


I asked extremely simple questions: The unsparing depictions of everyday lives are counterpointed by some beautiful natural scenery under snow, but even when Delahaye focuses on the countryside, his trees in the gathering darkness have a sinister aspect, or perhaps that is how we now see them after being exposed to a catalogue of urban deprivation.

It was another large-format print, of the human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi waiting to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace in Oslo’s city hall, in the presence of Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and assembled dignitaries. He lucc works on documentary photography in the fields of news and lic.


A dead Taliban fighter, shoes removed and his wallet tossed nearby, surrounded by footprints, every detail rendered with amazing clarity. Inside the houses nothing is new, lkc is used until it falls apart, or even beyond.

The photographs were taken in a number of locations around northern Russia between November and Marchnot a time of year when Russians are at their best. The decay of the houses points to a wider societal malaise. Is there a process you use to determine what you will focus your energies on?

It is a collection that is intensely depressing, and anyone in Britain looking at it should be thankful for a society with a safety net, however frayed it is at present.

Perhaps it is you who are mistaken?


View from the Photo Desk: Luc Delahaye by Roger Richards – The Digital Journalist

Jen rated it it was amazing Mar 02, I observe as a middle-aged woman accompanied by a teen boy walks past, repelled by her first glance at the photo, ushers the child away to another photo, then returns alone and sits on a bench a few feet in front of the image. No trivia or quizzes yet. The prone man, we are informed in a rare caption, was disrespectful to a local mafia member.

Jack Zhao rated it it was amazing Apr 11, Lists with This Book. I’m using a 6×12 cm medium-format. Josh marked it as to-read Oct 23, I began trying to convey a more tactful version of my question when suddenly Delahaye said something startling: In fact it all seems pretty typical.

View from the Photo Desk: Now photographers are questioning their own realistic conventions and, above all, reacting against the new digital technology. Nicholas rated it it was amazing Dec 07, How do you approach a theme that you are interested in documenting? Luc Delahaye August by Roger Richards. There is a harmony, a mystery, that [he switched to English] takes you and resists you at the same time.

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