50 years of photographs on 4 continents. Visions is a retrospective published by Prisme Éditions of the work of Jean-Dominique Burton, a Belgian photographer.
From the banks of the Ganges to the voodounons of Benin, without ever forgetting his native Belgium, the author has dedicated his life to revealing, through his images, the beauty and richness of cultures, often ancestral, and to encouraging their transmission. Multi-award winning portrait painter, it is through women and men that he approaches his subjects, always in a positive way, by their looks, their smiles, their scars sometimes. “I’m the opposite of a war photographer, but there really isn’t a word for it.”
This retrospective of 408 human pages leads us to cross our planet, in often surprising places, to discover a beautiful world, rich in the beings who inhabit it. It invites us to marvel at it. These are Jean-Dominique Burton’s Visions.
Jean-Dominique Burton, born in Huy (Belgium) is a Belgian photographer and director. He has been studying the thousand and one secrets of Africa for several years. His approach stems from an anthropology revealing beliefs and practices. After studying typography, printing and graphic design, it was his fascination for the image that led him to photography and cinema. Like an archaeologist or an ethnologist, he scrutinizes the traces on the ground, the scars, the masked faces, the faces of artists or collectors and draws enigmatic portraits of trees. At the same time, he travels from the Atlas to the Himalayas where he produces numerous reports. He has been linked since its creation in 2005 to the Zinsou Foundation (Cotonou-Benin) with which he has produced three exhibitions and three publications. It is also present in the permanent collection of the contemporary art museum of Ouidah (villa Ajavon), inaugurated by the Foundation in 2013.
Jean-Dominique Burton: Visions
Jean-Dominique Burton, Henry de Harenne, Marie-Cécile Zinsou
Dimensions: 29.7 x 29.7cm
Number of pages: 408
Languages: Fr En
A project supported by DELVOYEURS asbl
From April to September 2023 at the Grand Hospice Pachéco, Rue du Grand Hospice 7, 1000 Brussels