Title: Algérie Indépendance
Photographer(s): Marc Riboud
Writer(s): Jean Daniel, Seloua Luste Boulbina, Malek Alloula
Designer(s): Fabien Vidotto, Maurice Coriat
Publisher(s): Le Bec en l'air, Maseille, France
Language(s): French, Arabic
Size: 22 x 29,5 cm
Print: Graphicom, Verona, Italy
Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: Algerie, 1962 -1969
Marc Riboud went to Algeria for the first time in 1960 to cover the week of the barricades erected by the supporters of French Algeria. He then returned regularly and captured the decisive moments of the Algerian people's accession to independence in 1962. Rarely shown in the French press at the time, these images reappear today with undeniable force and emotion, while the "Algerian War" - called the "War of National Liberation" in Algeria - remains a sensitive subject in the collective memory. In this book, we find all the qualities of Marc Riboud's photography, which has managed to keep its distance from the events and to capture without effect, with his characteristic sense of composition, the daily life of a people on the march towards freedom.
From Marc Riboud website:
"I walk backwards, faces, shouts come closer, I no longer even hear the sound of the shutter. I feel that I photograph better. Jolted by the waves and jolts of the crowd, eyes full of dust and sun, the images crowd together in an ever-growing melee that puts me in resonance with the vibration of the crowd.
The fervour is contagious, I try not to get overwhelmed. The clamour rises, also a certain state of grace. I improve the framing. And the tenth photo is the correct one. Carried away by the delirious joy of independence, these young people now believe themselves free and happy. What have they and their beautiful dream become today?"