Les enfermés is a book that takes its readers on the other side of our society. Jail, psychiatric hospital, detention centre.
Based on Jean Christophe Hanché’s photographic observations, photographer and controller for the deprived freedom places, this book is instructive, sincere and shocking by the revelation of the real life conditions, often unworthy, inside these almost invisible places.
The CGLPL is the «contrôleur général des lieux de privation de libertés”, general controller of deprived freedom places. The images are regularly accompanied by moving texts sent by inmates to the CGLPL, as well as reports from visits, or emergency interventions.
Adeline Hazan, head of CGLPL, wrote a committed preface that translates the courageous action led by the CGLPL.
Publisher: Light Motiv
Photo Credit: © Jean-Christophe Hanché by courtesy of Light Motiv
By The Way
“Opener Holes sets a fine tone for the best of what follows – woozy, romantic, achingly earnest in its fine articulating of deep emotions, it’s the sort of precedent-setting song that ends many a band’s (reputedly) finest album with the very first track. But there’s better to come here.” Mike Diver BBC (Link)
Book Specs: Les enfermés by Jean-Christophe Hanché published by Light Motiv (July 2020) | Size 260 x 190 mm | Photographs : Jean-Christophe Hanché | Text : Adeline Hazan Graphic | Design: Studio Agnès Dahan avec Nolwen Lauzane | 208 pp. on Condat Perigord 150 gr paper | Hardback on papier Wibalin | Edition bound | ISBN 9791095118183 | 36 €. Available here.
Professional photographer since 1996, Jean-Christophe Hanché turned from his beginnings to reporting. His photographic writing is unique, mixing photo-journalism and poetry of reality. Practicing painting, writing and scenography, he develops a visual approach to his vision of the world, which interweaves means of expression.
Since 2016, he has been producing reports every month for the General Control of Places of Deprivation of Liberty in order to document the living conditions in confinement. In 2017 he completed his Master 2 thesis in sociology on prison overcrowding, in which he based his photographic work.
The publication of the book Les Enfermés concludes three years of reporting as closely as possible to people deprived of their liberty.