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The Missings by Virginie Plauchut


Virginie Plauchut returns to the places where the children were last seen. These ordinary scenes hold the secret to the disappearance. Plauchut (b. 1976), a French photographer, works mainly with film. Part documentary and part staged, her photographs question the other and the self. For the past few years she has been working on the theme of childhood.

Every year in France, a child disappears and is never found. Their names are Estelle, Jérôme, Marion and Léo. We see their faces on posters at airports, train stations and shopping malls.

Their families wait for years for a new information, a new lead. Some families are condemned to the worst fate of all: not knowing. Other families, despite the passage of time, never give up, keeping hope alive for the day when their child will return, or at least when they will learn what happened that day.

Read the full article in the French version of L’Oeil.

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