For this photographer, time takes on another dimension.
At the age of 20, Pierre de Vallombreuse wanted to become a draughtsman. A few years later, photography became an obvious choice when he started travelling. From the outset, he was not so much interested in roaming the world or simply becoming a passing witness. No, he wanted to understand the way of life of those he photographed by spending long periods with them. Since 1986, his work has focused on indigenous peoples around the world, on all five continents. For this photographer, time takes on another dimension. One example is his work on the Palawans living in the Philippine jungle, which he has been pursuing for over 30 years. “It was there that I felt reborn, the greatest story of my life”, he explains. For him, photography is more than a profession, it’s a way of life, an experience. At the crossroads of ethnology, humanism in the philosophical sense and the artistic approach, his work is akin to a tireless inner quest. He was General Secretary of the Association Anthropologie et Photographie (Paris VII University), founded by Edgar Morin and Jean Malaurie. The titles of his series speak volumes about his vision of humanity: “Peuples” (1989-2005), “Hommes Racines” (2007-2012), “Souverains” (2015-2016). His vision gives pride of place to ways of life, traditional knowledge, everyday gestures, the links between these peoples and nature, not forgetting the landscapes. These are testimonies in the form of a tribute to those who might today be considered the guardians of our humanity. A precious vision at a time when we know we are at a turning point, threatened by climate change. A witness, an observer, a committed and concerned man, Pierre de Vallombreuse is all of these things, and much more, a dedicated explorer.Read Biography