This guy, the french photographer Philippe Dudouit, really just blow my mind. Somehow his photographs and associated ambience rouse and at the same time appeals to all that visually attracts me. I think it’s the combination of intensity, fear, gravity and banality that many of his series contains, and especially the series of his from the Middle Eastern and African regions. This one is an ongoing series from 2009 centered around the nomadic Touareg people from the northern part of Africa.
Stay tuned cause more of Philippe Dudouit incredible series will hit the Dortmund page in the nearest future.
December 2009. Philippe, we cannot go there this time ! Because over there, now, it is death. Ibrahim is a Tuareg officer, a former commander for the Alliance Democratique pour le Changement – The Democratic Alliance for Change. Sitting in a house in Kidal, Mali, he shows me a rocky area of the country with his finger, the area where the core group of AQMI, Al Quaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is active.
Nevertheless, the Tuaregs have always gone through the Sahara without asking anything to anyone. For a long time, they would lead tens of thousands of western tourists into the most beautiful places of the desert. For a long time, these areas were a racing track for the caravan of cars, dune buggies, motorbikes and trucks in the Paris-Dakar rally.
But now, the game has changed. At first glance, the rise of Islamic terrorism is to blame: it would have transformed the balance of the Sahara. But looking at things closer, the reality is much more complex.
The area is now facing a cocktail made out of the local population, armed Salafists groups, drug traffickers and smugglers, topped off with international interests jockeying to win mining rights.
Today, almost all of Mali, Niger, North East Mauritania and Southern Libya have become a red zone.
Sahel – The Dynamics of Dust, a work in progress, following the evolution of the Sahelo Saharian band from 2008 and ongoing.