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Rodolphe Sebbah


Métro, Boulot, De dos

I am a street photographer in Paris and for fifteen years the metro has been one of my main places of inspiration. I am the author of several hundred photos that testify to fleeting and ephemeral moments of daily life under the Parisian cobblestones and asphalt. As photographers such as Walker Evans, Frank Horvat, Bruce Davidson, Helen Levitt and even Stanley Kubrick have done long before me in the New York subway, or more recently in Italy the photographer Marco Pesaresi, Matt Crabtree in the London subway and Michael Wolf in the Tokyo subway, a large part of my work is composed of portraits for the publication of which I obviously not have authorizations signed by the people photographed. Having still not found, despite long sleepless nights thinking about it, the method of having someone sign a document in triplicate to a person on the platform opposite or sitting behind the window in a wagon speeding at 30 km/h to rush into a tunnel, I therefore allow myself to present here a series of fifteen photos taken in the Paris metro, tiny part of a work carried out over several years but scrupulously respecting the current French legislation.

Rodolphe Sebbah

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