Look at me!
To mark the occasion of the PHOTOQUAI biennal show, snapshots from 40 photographers from 29 countries have been gathered together at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris. For Frank Kalero, the exhibition’s commissioner, the biennal aims to capture “timeless information”, far from classic photojournalism. The 2013 edition “Regarde-moi” (Look at me) depicts the human form as a unit of measurement of our universe. From South America to Russia, from Brazil to Mozambique, the exhibition allows you to “capture a glimpse of different lives”.
We’ve selected two series of photographs for you combining discoveries and well known images.
Alejandro Cartagena : “Car Poolers”
The “Car Poolers” are thousands of Mexican factory workers who, in the outskirts of Monterrey at their workplace (San Pedro), sleep in their pickup trucks. Taken from a bridge, these images have gone around the world, probably because they strongly express the lifestyle of today’s poorest workers. In short, these images highlight the contrast between two worlds: the countryside and the city.
Born in the Dominican Republic in 1977, Alejandro Cartagena lives and works in Monterrey, (Mexico). He tackles social and environmental issues by examining the suburbs of cities in order to better understand the centre, the hotspot of society.
His work is mostly presented in MoMa in San Francisco, at the Chicago Museum of contemporary photography. His reports are published in The New Yorker, Wallpaper, Newsweek, Stern and Le Monde.
Huang Qingjun: “FAMILY STUFF”
Huang Qingjun was born in 1971 in Daqing, in the Chinese province of Heilongjiang, and has been a member of the Association of Chinese photographers since 1999.
Initially following a request from the Chinese National Geography magazine in 2003 to photograph four families living in three Chinese provinces in the east and in Mongolia, he was inspired to create the Family Stuff series. The photographer successfully convinced them to take all the belongings they own out of their homes and to stand outside and pose amongst them.
He believes “Domestic objects speak volumes about the real living standards of the Chinese… and even here it’s impossible to escape TV. By showing the goal they have, these families are proving that the Chinese society is rapidly changing” Huang Qingjun.
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