“Observations” by Raphaël Dallaporta

I spent the May bank holiday weekend in Dublin city centre.  This meant that I had the chance to call into the Gallery of Photography. The present exhibition “Observations” is by the French photographer Raphaël Dallaporta. The main subjects of his photography relate to human rights, warfare and the fragility of life. 

The main part of the exhibition consists of images from Dallaporta’s “Domestic Slavery” and  “Antipersonnel” projects. The first project concerns human trafficking and was done in collaboration with journalist Ondine Millot. Every image consists of Dallaporta’s picture of a building and Millot’s text telling the story of people who were trafficked to France and kept in that particular building as domestic slaves.

The “Antipersonnel” project shows images of landmines. The combination of this subject and the way the images were taken, using lighting and background typical for luxury product shots, creates a very strong effect. I found it very disturbing to learn how many different designs of landmines exist and how “beautiful” some of these killing instruments can look.
The exhibition takes place in the Gallery of Photography in Dublin until the 15th of May 2014.

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