• April 25, 2019

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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It was technically superb, like all Delahaye’s work, but here there was something that made delaaye look closer, too – the audience, including the royals, were seen from the back, while delahye central figure, Ebadi, was only a dot in the distance.

And Delahaye is probably unique in being willing publicly to criticise the master and his legacy. Lux wanted to confront myself to something extreme. So the new work, and its rather bombastic title, History, represents an entirely different approach for him – why is it now important to him that his pictures must be large-format? Not the red of Communism though — it is a huge Coca-Cola mural occupying the entire end wall of a block of flats.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. And I wanted to try a poetic approach on a subject, something different from the dryness of my war pictures.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. A window is shown in close-up; surrounded by dank moss and with pot plants on view inside, the building seeming to be one step from disappearing into the landscape.

You can almost smell the rot, the lack of adequate sanitation, the reluctance to take off clothes because of the cold. 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.


This is de,ahaye Delahaye did. The decay of the houses points to a wider societal malaise. Joseph added it May 15, Tom Leininger rated it it was amazing Jul 08, By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

He agreed to answer a few questions for The Digital Journalist, but asked that the subject of his departure from the most prestigious agency in photojournalism be left out. What happens when the shutter fires?

I like the density of the small format. The Ebadi shot was not a commission. So, to consolidate their careers, photojournalists are inevitably looking to book production and the delahayd.

Winterreise by Luc Delahaye

You see that when you leave the camera on its own. A woman wearing only knickers and peculiar little cuffs on her elbows, unkempt hair over her face, arms above her head in an unsuccessful display of sexiness but showing her hairy armpits, has been photographed in some kind of club.

I hope it allows “more of everything” to surface. There are glimpses of pride among the ennui but they are rare — a woman scrubbing her floor, houses with tapestries on the wall — but overwhelmingly there is sense of indifference; the overwhelming impression is of cheap shoddiness, plastic tablecloths, ersatz lives of quietly pointless desperation.

Lists with This Book. Mai marked it as to-read Dec 14, Luc Delahaye recently resigned from Magnum. Bridging the divide between art and journalism, Magnum photographer Luc Delahaye presents images taken on a winter journey to the north of Russia, recording a qinterreise in a state of moral and physical collapse. Zuri marked it as to-read Dec 21, I’m using a 6×12 cm medium-format.


The photo, entitled “Taliban ,” from the “History” project, commands attention, and not just because of scale: Follow me on Twitter My Tweets. We hear delahay lot about oligarchs and vast petro-wealth, this is the other side of that accumulation. Elsewhere a young girl wearing lipstick sits on a bed staring impassively at the camera, suggesting one way to survive.

The young shown sharing this degradation warn that the cycle will be repeated, a suspicion confirmed by a page of snapshots of children in a police file. We were in Delahaye’s apartment in Montmartre, a geographical position that in his case gives off misleading signals – this is the Paris of the Moulin Rouge, of Doisneau’s romantic canoodling snapshots, at best of Cartier-Bresson. Archives Credits Write a letter to the Editor Join our mailing list. In another photograph a man lies on the floor, menaced by another standing over him.

Kate Krimsky marked it as to-read Apr 18, You always need a subject, even if the subject is just an excuse. Stefan rated it it was amazing Feb 23, These became a book, L’Autre.

Home About this blog Authors listed alphabetically Douglas Blackburn I chose this format just because I like its generous proportions. Nicholas rated it it was amazing Dec 07, He was an artist. More captions, even if only giving some idea of the geographical location, einterreise have helped as well.