Alain Bujak begins black & white silver printing at the Caméra Obscura Gallery and the Demi-Teinte Atelier, where renowned photographers (Willy Ronis, Sabine Weiss, Lucien Hervé, Paolo Roversi, Matthew Brooks,…) trust him with the production of their exhibition and collection prints. A photographer himself, he balances his activity between book publishing, personal and commercial work. Experimenting with different forms of narration, he also adapts his reportages into the form of graphic novels, published by Futuropolis.
The Romani camp of “Rond” is a gipsy camp located near Mont-de-Marsan (in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, in southwestern France) on the outskirt of the city, right beside the military airbase. It has been there for about 40 years. The families are now largely sedentary. Kerosene from the Rafale and Mirage planes is falling after each take-off and landing ? The noise here is unbearable : “Even the dogs are deaf !”. The selling of the land to the army implies the departure of all inhabitants. To relocate the families, a new district is built. Quickly, reactions and interrogations appear. “We don’t want people like that as neighbor, let them get back on the road !”, “Are we becoming social housing gipsies ?”… the final shots, final moments of this camp. An adaptation of this reportage was made into a graphic novel in collaboration with the illustrator Piero Macola and published by Futuropolis in August 2017. “Kérozène” was sponsored by Amnesty International.
Audiovisual slide-show created on the occasion of the cycling race “Paris-Roubaix”, on April the 10th, 2016.
Photography : Alain Bujak
Editing and sound : Richard Delaume
The Promise of the Forgotten
This work begins as part of a creative residence at the EHPAD of Lanmeur in Finistère (Brittany). The author questions “Old Age” and its place in our society. He photographs the residents of the EHPAD, speaks to them and he documents the exchange in writing. The diptychs connect these men and women with their surroundings. Alain Bujak completes and further enhances his work by expanding the testimonials to people outside hospital; old age is a subject that concerns all of us, old and young, ill or in good health. The ensemble of testimonies oscillate between projection, fantasy and reality, providing us a sensitive inquiry of our perception of old age in 2017.
“Is it at the moment when one must die that one learns how one should have lived?” asks Rousseau towards the end of his life.