Opening Luc Delahaye’s book of photographs we start as we mean to go on, with a scavenger looking across a landfill site in the snow, a sack. Luc Delahaye made his name as a photojournalist and war photographer. The result was a pocket book, Winterreise, the title a reference to. Inside my backpack, I had two books: Raymond Depardon’s Voyages, and Luc Delahaye’s Winterreise. Every day, I would thumb through these.

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Welcome to parts of Russia where time has stood still. But it’s clear that I have a subject now, and it’s a basic one: How did your experience there influence your later work? I asked extremely simple questions: Not the red winterrfise Communism though — it is a huge Coca-Cola mural occupying the entire end wall of a block of flats.

The photographs were taken wintedreise a number of locations around northern Russia between November and Marchnot a time of year when Russians are at their best. A wiry man of 41, a thoughtful and precise talker, Delahaye is often loosely described as being of peasant stock. A dead Taliban fighter, shoes removed and his wallet tossed nearby, surrounded by footprints, every detail rendered with amazing clarity.

And Delahaye is probably unique in being willing publicly to delaahye the master and his legacy. Mai marked it as to-read Dec 14, What happens when the shutter fires?


Kitchens are invariably filthy, disgusting crockery left lying around flats unwashed.

Certainly the images speak for themselves, but a commentary would have made them even more vocal. Martin marked it as to-read Aug 20, In another photograph a man lies on the floor, menaced by another standing over him.

It helped me a lot to define what I wanted to do in photography, to winterreose an attitude. Sloan rated it it was amazing Nov 09, Jack Zhao rated it it was amazing Apr 11, Marie Williams rated it really liked it Mar 26, In another experiment inDelahaye took a hidden camera into the Metro and snatched shots of people sitting opposite him. Lists with This Book. There was a long silence. Winterreise by Luc Delahaye.

If you don’t see this precise image as a tableau, perhaps I am mistaken. He cooked lunch for me – smoked salmon, spaghetti, terrific cheeses, wine, of course – and we discussed at leisure his attitudes, his experiments and his claims for his work. The very convenience of so much work being done for you can become a dilemma for the creative photographer.

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Carter marked it as to-read Jul 11, You see that when you leave the camera on its own. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Most of the photographs are of grim-faced miserable-looking people, old before their time, often living in the most appalling squalor. I was working mainly on “situations,” ideas of situations, etc. Cold seeps from the pages. I wanted to confront myself to something extreme.


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Delahae characterised Cartier-Bresson’s work in a curious way: Perhaps it is you who are mistaken? A window is shown in close-up; surrounded by dank moss and with pot plants on view inside, the building seeming to be one step from disappearing into the landscape.

The young shown sharing this degradation warn that the cycle will be repeated, a suspicion confirmed by a page of snapshots of children in a police file.

It is like being confronted with a disturbing reality that, for most people, remains far more removed, usually only seen in fleeting images on television or in diminished size, if at all, deoahaye the press. American capitalism, tellingly of an unhealthy kind, has managed to find a toe-hold in this unpromising environment. Paul rated it really liked it May 25, This site uses cookies.

Delahaye responded with unruffled politeness which might have been partly influenced by the temporary presence of Nora. Elsewhere a delshaye girl wearing lipstick sits on a bed staring impassively at the camera, suggesting one way to survive. The photographs are poetic – simultaneously terrifying, exciting, intimate and moving – despite recording sad subject matter.

I hope it allows “more of everything” to surface.