Denis Darzacq, La Chute (The Fall) - 2005/2006
The French riots of 2005 inspired the photographer Denis Darzacq to head for the housing estates on the outskirts of the capital. But he wasn’t after gritty shots of urban deprivation, he tells Angelique Chrisafis. He wanted something more - to capture an entire generation in freefall and with no one to catch them.
Denis Darzacq’s bizarre series La Chute (The Fall) has gripped the French art world. People have clamoured to know what on earth is happening in these pictures - taken with a manual camera and not Photoshopped - in which impassive 20-year-olds seem about to hit the ground at high speed. Why are all the shutters closed behind them? Will anyone care if they splatter on the pavement? Will anyone even notice them tumbling to certain oblivion?
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