For fifteen years, Philippe Chancel has explored sensitive areas of our planet to study the world and document the most alarming symptoms of its decline. Working in such a way does not fit in with any identified genre of photography, making Datazone an invention that encompasses the most tangible signs of a predicted disaster: a traumatic ecology, chaotic deindustrialization, toxic setbacks resulting from modernization. From China to the United States, from Africa to Europe, the whole world is screaming, with no shelter in sight. Rather than a manifesto, the 14 photographed sites evoke an epic worthy of Cervantes’ Don Quixote....
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