Isabeau de Rouffignac has always gone for the Far East. A book given about India while a teenager, four siblings, Cambodian refugees, welcomed into the family home were two of these decisive elements.
Along with her job as a graphic designer, she did photograph. Several long journeys over a decade to vibrate in unison with these distant lives, to catch a movement, a moment, a rite, a relationship. Documentary photography is no photography by chance. Isabeau meets, learns languages, maintains contacts, returns and participates.
In the past few years she has devoted herself entirely to photography, exploring the complexity of other cultures over which she entertains a very personal, always curious and fundamentally empathic relationship. She followed, in his tours along the edge of the Thar desert, an Indian postman, in a Golden triangle forest, an Akha medicine man, in a Phnom Penh school the memory of the Khmer Rouge's victims, or in Northern Thailand, Akha youth trying to fit in.
Nevertheless, her pictures are self-sufficient, capturing those fleeting moments to signify an here and now in a perpetual movement, the quest or the course of a life.
Isabeau de Rouffignac has a deep concern for the fate of the most fragile and uses photography to tell. Her latest work, in Bhopal, India, in the wake of one of the worst chemical disaster the world has ever known, is a plea for those who are voiceless and still struggling to get their rights recognized. She tells of them with modesty, without flourish, giving us a novel type of photographic document, between photojournalism and art work in which she takes along her subjects. And us with them.
Some of her wors have been shown in exhibitions.
Saris for memory
June-July (upcoming) - Les promenades Photographiques de Vendôme (41)
September (upcoming) - Les Photaumnales de Beauvais (60)
July : Les nuits photographiques de Pierrevert (04) - projection
June : Finalist of "la bourse des amis du Musée Albert Kahn"
June : Finalist of "la bourse du talent"
May - Les Boutographies - Montpellier (34) - Screening by the jury
May-July : laureate of the 9th edition of the Sophot contest - Exhibition at the Galerie Fait & Cause
March - Les Photographiques - Le Mans (72)
October-December : Festival Chroniques Nomades - Auxerre (89)
October : Monat des Photographie-Off - Berlin - Allemagne (projection)
Âmes captives dans l'enfer de Tuol Sleng
2010 - Sénat, palais du Luxembourg - Paris (75)
2009 - Festival Chroniques nomades - Honfleur (14)
Deeparam, facteur du désert
2010 - Hôtel de Sèvres - Paris (75)
2008 - Maison des Indes - Paris (75)
2007 - Salon des artistes français au Grand Palais (Médaille de Bronze) - Paris (75)
2007 - Hôtel de Sauroy - Paris (75)
2006 - Galerie Leica - Solms (Allemagne)
2005 - Participe à un diaporama organisé par les Voies Off dans le cadre des Rencontres d'Arles (13)
2005 - "Mémoire et identités" - Mairie de Romainville (93)
2004 - Festival Chroniques nomades - Honfleur (14)