Faces and hands

“Unknown to me was the phrase ‘committed photography.’ My photographs were taken spontaneously, born out of an inner need. I was unable as a person and as a photographer to pass indifferently by the so compelling events that I witnessed. Could I have passed by without registering the anxious faces of the Gardanne miners’ wives? Of the children with sad, distrustful glances, seen in narrow, winding streets around the Old Port? The tired faces of women standing for hours in queues in front of a butchery or bakery? Could I have not shot the scenes making up an integral whole of wartime life?”

Julia Pirotte. The application was created after the exhibition “Faces and hands. Julia Pirotte” 

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Author: Julia Pirotte