Monday, May 7, 2012

Erratic Photography: Eric Valli

Today I want to show you Eric Valli, a French photographer who has been trekking through the Himalayas and many of Asia's other hard-to-reach places for the past 40 years.

In pursuit of his haunting images, he has lived among Tibetan caravans, Nepalese honey hunters, Indian untouchables, and many other people who are living by their wits in a challenging landscape.

He says that when he documents these cultures, "I completely become a student and dive into the reality. I live with people to become like them. For some time, I act as a fly on the wall-trying to forget everything else and learn what I need to learn.

"In doing so, characters automatically emerge. Then I follow a certain storyline to make it a film."

In addition to his remarkable documentary photography, he has also made a number of films including the Oscar-nominated Himalaya, envisioned some astonishing fashion layouts for Hermes and Vuitton, and written more than 20 books about his experiences exploring the world's vanishing frontier.

1 comment:

verdadverde said...

Amazing. Thank you.