Romain Laurendeau

I’ve just realized that I hadn’t given many details about the Romain Laurendeau exhibit at the Château d’Eau in Toulouse.

The photographs shown were from a series from Algeria called « Bab El Oued » – this is a « quartier populaire » in the northern part of the capital Alger. When we visited the exhibit and saw the images, we both thought there was something vaguely familiar (quite aside from the fact that they were, by a long shot, the best exhibit shown!!)

Then I came across some info on the author and it turns out that this series won, in 2015, the first Camille Lepage prize at Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan.

Suddenly everything came clear – we visit Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan every year – so we had seen them there. Glad we got that sorted out.

The series is harsh black and white images, real shooting-from-the-hip street photography with masses of information in each photograph. So many stories in just a seemingly simple image.