Thierry Fontaine, "La peur change de camp", Cris, 2010 - Courtesy Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris
Whether it is political, economic, environmental, or individual, instability reigns in our globalized world. Changes are now arising that will affect economic and social models that are increasingly inadequate. These changes are having an impact not only on the people who set them off and then must live with them or confront them, but also on the context in which we live, and by extension on the images that we produce. Contemporary photographers are taking note of these global, personal and visual transitions to record the moment of crisis when one state gives way to another, a moment of fragility and suspension in which are concentrated all the tensions of uncertainty. Some of their subjects reveal new working conditions, others show mental states at the limit; still others take advantage of the creative aspect of instability to unsettle our usual interpretive frameworks, and use various photographic techniques to play with our perceptions.
Hélène Joye-Cagnard and Catherine Kohler, codirector