“Artek” was, first of all, a documentary work on the life of the biggest summer camp in what was the Soviet Union. After going there over a ten year period, I slowly began to focus on the relationship between young people amongst themselves, on their moods and their apparent passivity during the holidays. I then focused on rites of passage (“Sweet Sixteen” in the USA, “Quinceanera” in Cuba, etc.). Then the idea and desire to photograph not so much the social rituals of adolescence, but rather the secret rituals, as it were, took hold” - via the Leica blog. View rest of interview here: http://blog.leica-camera.com/photographers/interviews/claudine-doury-exploring-adolescence-through-photography/
Claudine Doury is a photographer born in Blois and living in Paris. She received the Leica Oscar Barnack award in 1999, the World Press in 2000 and the Prix Niepce for her entire work in 2004. Her first monograph, Peuples de Sibérie, was published in 1999. Since then she has published Artek, un été en Crimée (2004), Loulan Beauty (2007) and Sasha (2011).
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