• Soldat Eugène Bouret Soldat Ernest François Macken Soldat Benoît Manillier Soldat Francisque Pitiot Soldat Claudius Urbain Soldat Francisque Jean Aimé Ducarre 06:30 / 7.9.1914Soldat Jules Berger Soldat Gilbert Gathier Soldat Fernand Louis Inclair 07:45 / 12.9.1914Vanémont, Vosges, Lorraine,Shot At Dawn, Chloe Dewe Mathews

  • Untitled from the series Ou Menya ©Bieke Depoorter/ Magnum Photos

  • Untitled from the series Ou Menya ©Bieke Depoorter/ Magnum Photos

  • Untitled from the series Ou Menya ©Bieke Depoorter/ Magnum Photos

  • Untitled from the series Ou Menya ©Bieke Depoorter/ Magnum Photos

  • Untitled from the series Ou Menya ©Bieke Depoorter/ Magnum Photos

  • Untitled from the series Ou Menya ©Bieke Depoorter/ Magnum Photos

  • Dead Water © Maria Dalva dos Santos Neri and Marilene Ribeiro

  • Dead Water © Maria Dalva dos Santos Neri and Marilene Ribeiro

  • Dead Water © Maria Dalva dos Santos Neri and Marilene Ribeiro

  • Dead Water © Maria Dalva dos Santos Neri and Marilene Ribeiro

  • Dead Water © Maria Dalva dos Santos Neri and Marilene Ribeiro

  • Dead Water © Maria Dalva dos Santos Neri and Marilene Ribeiro

  • Dead Water © Maria Dalva dos Santos Neri and Marilene Ribeiro

  • Dead Water © Maria Dalva dos Santos Neri and Marilene Ribeiro

  • From the series Haven © Orande Mensink-Nouws

  • From the series Haven © Orande Mensink-Nouws

  • From the series Haven © Orande Mensink-Nouws

  • From the series Haven © Orande Mensink-Nouws

  • Private James Graham 07:22 / 21.12.1915Private John Docherty 07:12 / 15.02.1916Private John Jones Time unknown / 24.2.1916Private Arthur Dale Time unknown / 3.3.1916Private C. Lewis Time unknown / 11.3.1916Private Anthony O’Neill Time unknown / 30.4.1916Private John William Hasemore 04:25 / 12.5.1916Private J. Thomas Time unknown / 20.5.1916Private William Henry Burrell Time unknown / 22.5.1916Private Edward A. Card Time unknown / 22.9.1916Private C. Welsh Time unknown / 6.3.1918Abattoir, Mazingarbe, Nord – Pas-de-CalaisShot At Dawn, Chloe Dewe Mathews

  • Soldat Ahmed ben Mohammed el Yadjizy Soldat Ali ben Ahmed ben Frej ben Khelil Soldat Hassen ben Ali ben Guerra el Amolani Soldat Mohammed Ould Mohammed ben Ahmed 17:00 / 15.12.1914Verbranden-Molen, West-Vlaanderen, Shot At Dawn, Chloe Dewe Mathews

Ideas Series Essay: New Wave by Anna Fox & Felix Fox

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An insight into the world of documentary photography for female photographers examines works from Chloe Dewe Mathews, Bieke Depoorter, Orande Mensink-Nouws and Marilene Ribeiro

New Wave

Some ten years back, I had the feeling that much documentary photography was losing something of its edge and that photographers were no longer as interested in this mode of production as a way to talk about people and place. Perhaps it was the fading magazine world that made this happen, the lack of spaces to exhibit work or the ubiquity of the camera in the modern world. Lately, I have noticed many more women taking up documentary and although a considerable number of them convert their practice to a more conceptual fine art practice either due to their education or simply through discovering that they really aren’t a documentary maker, some strong characters are staying with the genre. And they are exploring a wide range of very new approaches to documentary practice.

Bieke Depoorter has taken an interesting and arguably dangerous approach to documentary photography. For her project Ou Menya (With Me) she travelled through Russia staying with her subjects for one night (each subject) armed with little other than her camera, a sleeping bag and a translated note asking to spend the night staying in a stranger’s home. Without knowing any Russian she has managed to insert herself into many strangers lives, even though her stay in each home was brief. As someone travelling alone in a foreign land anything could have happened, but this vulnerability helped to break down the barriers to intimacy. Her photographs connect the viewer with the realities of life in a part of the world that is very far removed from the exhibition spaces in which the images are shown. Depoorter’s work brings an unusual view to the mundanity of ordinary life. The language barrier proved not to be an obstruction to the communication and cooperation of her subjects. As she says “You create a very special atmosphere when you live with someone but do not speak the same language”[1].

Untitled from the series Ou Menya ©Bieke Depoorter/ Magnum Photos

Untitled from the series Ou Menya ©Bieke Depoorter/ Magnum Photos

Untitled from the series Ou Menya ©Bieke Depoorter/ Magnum Photos

Untitled from the series Ou Menya ©Bieke Depoorter/ Magnum Photos

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