This series is called Traces. And I wanted to call that a reportage.
were all made in sequence with my cell phone in about 15 minutes at home while Nicoletta, my mate, was
out. The idea was a provocation for a photographic meeting that would be
same night on the subject reportage. I wanted to shoot 10 images only, like using a polaroid camera film pack.
That very night the young lecturer and reporter appreciated
the photos I submitted to the audience, but he said they were not a reportage since they
showed no persons (actually the tenth photo -blurred- was of my mate
We discussed the subject a little, I think that a
reportage is a description in images. I shot several reportages in my
life with the classic idea of what a reportage should be for magazines.
People and places together. Nonetheless I have now a wider idea of
photography and I put in the word reportage something that is probably
still not allowed for magazine photographers.
He was probably correct in some way.
But I realize now that if I wanted to do a reportage in Auschwitz it would be without people. It is certainly so. And you would still call it a reportage in my opinion (and it would be
made of traces). A reportage on the primary forest can be done with people or without, making the place resound with the intimacy of non-presences.
But the decision that night was definitive, and we had some little
photos © Paolo Saccheri