SENEGAL TRIPTIK

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SENEGAL TRIPTIK



The whole of the sixty five stereotypes presented was the subject of a work carried out of 1st at January 1, 2007 in the guettos and districts of the neighbourhoods of Dakar in Senegal.

An initiatory photographic course in a "beautiful country without money" (as the younger generations of the guettos resident of Dakar do not cease repeating it) in which poverty and often insalubrity is the daily batch of these disinherited populations.

It is this report which I try to draw up through my photographic work.

A work of human and cultural meetings during which the objective of my apparatus was introduced in the heart of the life of these populations with an aim of sharing their intimacy with respect and dignity.

A succesion of hard copies and triptychs in which each composition conveys a history, a section of life and bring a particular glance on Senegal in 2002.

My objective is to show the joy in life of these populations which, in spite of ambient poverty, survive in an economic total chaos.

Resourcefulness, the religion, work and the family seem to be the only bases of an unspecified hope in the future.

A narrative writing of 65 sights where the alternation of the shifted photographic scenes leaves apparaitre a global vision of the places and life.

A report of the life of the Dakar-native districts through a succession of scenes, landscapes and portraits intimists.

A report of the beauty of certain places which is opposed to an often forgotten reality.



Christophe BENE



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ABOUT

Christophe Bene is a self-taught photographer currently based in Paris, France. His work is mainly inspired by the man/nature relationship. Straddling the border between art and documentary photography, Christophe Bene offers original prints saturated with colour. Born in Douala, Cameroon in 1969, Christophe began shooting pictures at 16. After three years in French Polynesia, he left at 20 years old for a two-year degree in advertising communication in Paris followed by the French Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma before specializing at the ecole nationales superiore Louis Lumière in film and photography. From 1994 to 1999, he was assistant photographer, main photographer and post-producer for cinematic advertising. Upon returning to Africa in 1999, he undertook a wide range of work, shooting in Senegal in 2002 and directing the Triptik Senegal exhibition in collaboration with PICTO laboratories and various sponsors. He has won first prize in RED, the largest photo contest in the world, as organized by PHOTO. In 2002, he met the journalist René Sintzel, an Africa specialist, with whom he has since collaborated to produce documentaries on West Africa. In December 2002, he joined the GAMMA agency. In 2005, he worked together with JANVIER and DIGITAGENT - THE REPORT PARIS laboratories to produce the “Lion Kings of Medina” documentary. In 2006, WPN New York took charge of representing his photo documentaries and select art photos in the US. From 2008 to 2011, he covered the BENE DAKHLA music and slide festival in southern Morocco. He currently works on order for national and international brands, magazines and newspapers. His Aerial photography, which he has done since his first documentary, has become both his area of expertise and his passion. Exhibitions include: 1997 - Kaïna - Travel Polynesians 2002 - Senegal TRIPTIK 2005 - The Three Lions of Medina 2009- 5 Prints / 5 photographers photographs Group exhibition as part of FIAC at Galerie SPARTS Reports 2000 - A day in Senegal - Senegalese Logbook. 2003 - White Gold Rose Lake. 2003 - Violin Ivry Gitlis a globetrotter. 2004 - The Three Lions of Medina. 2006 - Return of the Bou El Mogdad. 2007 - The Grand Magal of Touba. 2008 - Dakhla Festival 2009 - FANTASIA Publications LIBÉRATION - LE MONDE - L'EXPRESS - ULYSSE - COURRIER INTERNATIONAL - LE PELERIN Magazine - REPONSE PHOTO - PHOTO Magazine - SHOCK Magazine - PHOTO VIDEO NUMERIQUE - LA TERANGA (FRANCE & SENEGAL) - TEL QUEL (MAROC) - AMOUAGE (MAROC).

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CONTACT

  • Mail Box / christophe@cbene.com


  • Phone / +33 6 25 01 72 88

    Adress / 36, Av de Flandre - 75019 Paris - France