Saturday, 1 May 2010

Lise Sarfati

"When we are 15, we all feel as if we are beginning to become somebody else."  Lise Sarfati.

Lise Sarfati is a French photographer with a huge international reputation. Though undeniably photodocumentary in nature, Sarfati’s work is defined by an opposition to the editorial urge to fix narratives to her subjects.

"Her images create a loose, layered and intensely rich visual project that allows us, the viewers, to consider the complexities of any place or time, triggering emotions and thoughts that move well beyond the ostensible subjects of her photographs." - Clare Grafik, Photographers Gallery, London.

The American Series,in which she records young people in Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Oregon and California, on the cusp of adult responsibility, represents one of those rare experiences for photographers that is impossible to simulate or confidently repeat, where the photographs almost –just – happened.

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