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Award-winning photographer Raphael Dallaporta visits Foam

September 30, 2011

By Eline Hædersdal

AMSTERDAM – Documentary photographer Raphael Dallaporta, winner of this
year’s FOAM Paul Huf Award, says his fans are central to his success.

“I love to work under the influence of people,” modest Dallaporta said to the cheers of a small crowd at FOAM Photography museum, which is exhibiting his work until Oct. 26.

The young French photographer received not only the internationally-recognized FOAM
crown, but also the Young Photographer ICP Infinity Award in 2010.

Dallaporta, geography professor Eric Fouache, and Foam’s Deputy Director Marcel Feil led the artistic talk.

“The objects are purely functional, they were never designed to be beautiful,” said Dallaporta.
Dallaporta is well known for his photographs and projects, which focus on public and human rights issues.

Uniquely, he works with specialists within the field that he attempts to portray.

“He is deeply an artist. Embedded in life,” said Fouache.

For the project Antipersonnel (2010), he worked closely with a landmine clearer and during his project Fragile (2010) he was aided by a forensic pathologist. Most recently, he worked with Fouache on the project Ruins (Part 1, 2011).

The ‘Observations’ exhibition at Foam shows his four projects Fragile,
Domestic Slavery, Antipersonnel, and Ruins (Part 1).

’Fragile’ illustrates examined organs of murder victims.

‘Domestic Slavery’ shows the houses, where human trafficking has occurred.
The houses are shown from an outside perspective, looking quite normal. But it
is the text tied to the photographs that reveals the horrible stories.

‘Antipersonnel’ depicts different types of landmines.

“Elegantly photographed, simply framed, starkly displayed … they have one purpose: sheer cruelty, ” remarked art specialist Ellen Wallace.

His latest work ‘Ruins’ (Part 1) shows historical hidden archaeological founds in North
Afghanistan.

His intension of doing the project was “to confront myself” and since “we are very fragile and because life is short. It gives motivation to do things,” he said.

Dallaporta, will be going back to Afghanistan to continue other projects there.

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