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Marc Garanger: Documenting Dignity

Posted in Documentary, Fine Art, Fine art, Identity, Photography, Portraiture by linhdy on November 20, 2010

In 1960, Marc Garanger was the official photographer of the French army that occupied  Algeria in 1960.  The French military forced the Algerians to build new houses around the military barracks.  As part of the occupation.  Garanger’s commanding officer ask him to photograph all the villagers for mandatory photo IDs.

In 10 days I took 2000 images. The first days the portraits I took showed the women with their veils on. When I showed the image to the commander, he asked for the veils to be removed.

The village women were photographed against their will without their veils and/or headpieces.  Garanger’s Femme Algérienne is a statement of defiance; a strong show of dignity and humanity.