La Radicalisation du Monde
Philippe Bazin, Christiane Vollaire, Georges Didi-Huberman
"To look at reality straight in the eyes", the moto of photographer August Sander, known for his work on Man in the XXth century is not an easy task. We do not know, or no longer know,how to see. When Philippe Bazin was a young doctor in a geriatric service, he noticed this and it triggered his own photographic commmitment: "When I would put a patient’s file away I realized that two weeks after he had deceased, I had completely forgotten his face." The work covered in twenty years, first to remember, then to to build a sort of human comedy. Philippe Bazin produced series on old people, on the insane, on newborns, prisoners, teenagers. The eyes that stare at us are never empty. The can disturb us, even be unbearable, the consequence of their own wounds as well as our enslavement to atype of beauty formated by the media, which has taught us not to see, not to look at things "right in the face".
Review published in the newsletter #155 - from 17 December 2009 to 6 January 2010