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Jérôme Sessini

Le vendredi 03 mai 2013 18H

The Wrong Side / Living on the Mexican border

LE BAL Books vous invite à la signature du premier livre de Jerome Sessini, sorti en 2012 chez Contrasto.

Jérôme Sessini - qui figure parmi les trois derniers photographes sélectionnés pour intégrer l'agence Magnum - a documenté pendant deux ans,le quotidien des différentes villes de la frontière mexicaine : Culiacan, Tijuana, Tamaulipas et Ciudad de Juarez. Villes marquées par la violence de la drogue.

Un extrait du texte de Sebastian Arthur Hau paru sur FOAM #34 Dummy

 

" Magnum photographer Jerome Sessini has returned many times to the zone adjacent to the Mexican side of the border with the US to realize a complex and shocking essay on life there.

 

This book, published by Contrasto, reminds us of the qualities of the straight documentary and journalistic style (I’m thinking Eugene Richards for example), with the photographer taking risks to descend into what from a bourgeois European perspective would seem like a hell of drugs, crime and violence.

 

Sessini is intent on showing as many sides to the story as he can, dwelling on the horrors of the place, with portraits and quiet descriptive scenes. The work does not shrink from the dire realities of the everyday life of the poor and marginalized. The respect and humility of the photographer can be felt throughout the tight sequence of 90 images. The so-called War on Drugs, a joint effort of the American and Mexican governments, is one of the most complex political undertakings today, in which the premises are just as uncertain as is the outcome. The role, importance, and strength of photography as a documentary medium is confirmed by this kind of work."