I’m a father of six. Through my photographic work I celebrate and document my family life : a life on the edge of the world, where intemporality and the universality of childhood meet.
Day to day I create a family album that constitutes a legacy that I will pass on to my children. My work reflects our way of life, revolving around their childhood. My photographs will be the testimony of that. In a way my approach can be considered similar to the one of an ethnologist.
Though my work is deeply personal, it is also accessible, addressing human nature and allowing the viewer to enter my world and reflect on their own childhoods. Fed everyday and shared with the world via the internet, my photographic production has become a means of communication, leading to a questioning about freedom, nudity, being and having.
— Alain Laboile
Adolescents from orphanages and juvenile prisons in central and eastern European are the subjects of these powerful and revealing portraits. Plus an interview with the photographer,
This fascinating new photobook reprints scraps from an African portrait studio which reveal only the posture and clothing of the subjects — their faces have been cut out for ID photos. However, what remains is rich with detail and implications about contemporary life in Eastern Africa.