Writer, photographer and director, he seems to be able to do it all. This exhibition hinges on four main themes: La terre natale [homeland] in dialogue with Le voyage [journey] then La douleur [pain] in dialogue with L’enfermement [confinement]. With writing as the Ariadne’s thread, this exhibition invites on a journey through the artist’s work from his beginnings at Le Garet Farm until today.
With Depardon, writing and film offer two very different temporalities: writing is primarily listening to yourself, daring to impose your own rhythm faced with what comes along, the famous “absences” of the photographer. Film is primarily about listening to someone else, the silence of the cameraman. Avoiding the rhetoric of compassion which has never appealed to him, creating slightly ordinary, calm images, without any particular eloquence, but full of emotion; a clear agenda that leads him alternately into intentional wandering and/or the decisive production of an archive to be passed on.
The exhibition includes about one hundred prints, texts, films and documents by the author. The book, co‑published with Éditions Xavier Barral, offers a more extensive selection of images, as well as a long hitherto unpublished interview with Agnès Sire, curator of the exhibition.
La Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
2, impasse Lebouis, 75014 Paris, France
September 13, 2017 to December 17, 2017