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Visa pour l’Image 2020 / ESJ PRO : A photo under the public gaze of Visa # 2


And you, how do you understand this photo? Every day of the week, ESJ Pro students take to the streets to meet Visa pour l’Image festival-goers, asking for their interpretation of a photo. There is no right or wrong answer, only imagination matters. Second episode with a photo of Victor Moriyama visible in the exhibition “Deforestation of the Amazon”.

“This is the Amazon”. Passers-by are almost unanimous. The lush and tropical vegetation in Victor Moriyama’s photo reminds them of the lungs of the Earth. “It reminds me of Brazil. The man may be looking for areca nuts, “says Georges, who came from Haute-Savoie, especially for the festival, with his wife Brigitte.

Among those interviewed, only Salima thinks of a different place. For the young woman, who is unfamiliar with Visa pour Image, the photo reminds her more of Asia: “Indonesia or Malaysia” and “coconuts”.

“The Amazon is inevitably associated with deforestation”

The man perched on a palm tree, which the photographer has taken care to place in the center of the photo, questions further. What is he doing ? There are two opposing versions. A gloomy one, for Marc and Chantal, who answer without hesitation and who know the subject well: “He climbs very high to watch the forest, threatened with deforestation. “Same impression for Viviane and Murielle, two friends who have recently settled in Perpignan:” The Amazon is inevitably associated with deforestation. We talk about it so much, we have the impression that it is inevitable. ”

Dominique and Marie-Claude deliver a more optimistic interpretation: “The photo is really beautiful, it makes me think of something positive. Not in palm oil at all. ”

Reading the theme of the exhibition, “The deforestation of the Amazon”, Henri and Annick from Perpignan are surprised: “Why such an aesthetic composition to show something so dramatic? ”

Finally, there is the more wacky and inventive version of Georges and Brigitte: “Maybe the man is looking for a network. We saw something similar in the Dominican Republic. They called it the phone tree. ”

Audrey Duquenne


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