Alain Keler


Fragments #2


These fragments are from my life as a photographer, from that life with which I keep crossing paths. I don’t know a lot about them other than what the film captures.  Years later, while revisiting my contact sheets, I try to reconstruct these moments.

Photography has been my gateway in this world.  A marvelous means to move towards others, to pour out my desire to break boundaries glimpsed from a very young age.  Like a liberating breath of fresh air from these moments or from the family sphere, that became too suffocating, pushing me towards far away horizons… like a deep breath…  like a way to save oneself from constraints that became too heavy.


Ces fragments sont ceux de ma vie de photographe, de la vie de ceux que j’ai croisé depuis longtemps. D’eux, je ne sais pas grand chose d’autre que ce que la pellicule a enregistrée. Des années plus tard, en revisitant mes planches contact, j’essaye de reconstituer ces moments.

La photographie a été mon laisser-passer dans ce monde. Un merveilleux moyen d’aller vers les autres, d’épancher cette envie de passer des frontières entrevues depuis mon plus jeune âge. Comme un souffle de liberté assouvi depuis ces moments ou un univers familial, devenu trop étouffant, me poussait vers ces horizons lointains, comme une respiration profonde et la possibilité de se sauver d’une emprise trop pesante.



Fragments #2

 The russian army is 4 kilometers away. Highway to Grozny. 12-1994
Roma boy. Romania, june 1995.
Tatar woman, Crimea, mai 1998.
Eleventh anniversary of the Ethiopian revolution. Adis Ababa, september 1985.
Sukkoth in Jerusalem, Israel. September 1997.
Night meeting of peruvian campesinos in the Andes. Peru, October 1982.
Mass at the Lenin's shipyard during the solidarnosc strike. Gdansk, Poland.August 1980.
Children playing. Belfast, Northern Ireland. June 1988.
Air parade for the 40th anniversary of Israel. Tel Aviv, April 1988.
Dazibaos in the streets of Shangaï, China. Demonstrations went on for a few days after the Beijing crackdown. China, June 1989.
My father relaxing during a leather goods show. Paris, June 1979.
Patroling with the sandinista forces. Northern Nicaragua.Mai 1986.
Aboard the Foch aircraft carrier, somewhere in the Mediterranean sea.May 1985.