Gilles Caron, who at the beginning saw the war correspondent as a hero, began to question the meaning and value of his profession very early on. He was one of the first photojournalists to show signs of a great inner conflict and a kind of moral crisis: would it be enough just to be a witness or a mere spectator? Could he do more than take pictures? His answers led him to move his camera away from cliché images and to pause, for as long as it took, in the lives and feelings of all those touched by the war.
Gilles Caron, born in 1939 in Neuilly-sur-Seine and dubbed by Henri Cartier-Bresson of “French Robert Capa”, despite the unfortunately short career has brought to french photojournalism a new life.
In 1959 and after beginning his studies in journalism, Gilles Caron completed 22 months of military service in Algeria, a period that will mark him deeply. In 1966 he founded the Gamma agency with Raymond Depardon, and from then on he covered all the great events of the time: Middle East, Vietnam, Chad, Northern Ireland, Biafra… Wherever there was a conflict, Gilles Caron was there with his camera, until the fateful day April 5, 1970 in which he disappeared in Cambodia in a zone controlled by the Khmer Rouge.
The Leica Gallery Porto currently presents the exhibition ‘Conflicts’ with works by the French photojournalist. The show continues until 10 January 2018.
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