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Frederic Sautereau May 28, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.
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Ground Zero Aftermath, New York

Born in 1973, French photographer Frederic Sautereau is also director of the Oeil Public agency in Paris. His central themes are the dual notions of border and divide. Between July 1997 and April 2000 his work focused mainly on divided cities, namely Belfast, Nicosia, Mostar, Jerusalem and Mitrovica. The resulting series was exhibited at the Visa pour l’image festival in Perpignan 2001 and is regularly shown in the FNAC galleries of photography. From June 2000 to August 2003, he devoted himself to the Lisières d’Europe (The Edges of Europe) project. In 2003 he received the Fuji Prize for a work on the wall separating Israel and the West Bank. His work on New York in the aftermath of the 11 September attacks has been shown in France, Germany, Switzerland and Portugal and was published in book form as ‘N40°42’42” W74°00’45’ by Editions 779 in September 2003.

About the Photograph:

“This photo was taken in New York City at Ground Zero, ten days after September 11th. I was struck by the silence of the people who came to see the destruction. No one spoke. The story was no longer the smoking ruins in front of me but more about the faces of the people behind me looking at the ruins.”

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