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Antoine d'Agata: Anticorps (The Hague Museum of Photography)

By: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

At the Fotomuseum Den Haag the difference between day and night characterizes the next exhibition and first overview of the internationally recognized French photographer Antoine d’Agata (b. 1961). By day, d’Agata produces journalistic assignments. Daytime presents vivid portraits, journalistic photographs from the Middle East with bombed cities and mass graves, and architectural images, which emphasize the structure of things. Night is the personal domain of d’Agata, where his role changes from observer to participant. During the night, he photographs that which the daylight conceals: dimly lit brothels with prostitutes, junkies and outcasts. Everyone is seen as a fleeting impression, photographed without flash, so that distressing parts of the scene are hidden from the eye. The scenarios are pictured like a dream or a moment of intoxication, sex and drug use are recognizable, yet veiled, as the bodies appear grainy and indistinct.

Credits

A film by Studio Gerrit Schreurs.