Luc Delahaye
[Photographer, b. 1962, Tours, France, lives in Paris.]

 What you want to be is a poet…. To voice the real and at the same time create an image that is a world in itself, with its own coherence, its autonomy and sovereignty; an image that thinks. 
 There is something beautiful about photography; it allows the self to be reunited with the world. 
 I want to show the event at the very moment it takes place.... My body must be anchored to the ground and seek the best point of view, without any visual taboos. But then, at the heart of the event, my effort is to disappear, I introduce a distance that borders on indifference. 
 If an image is powerful enough, if it resists us, if, by its obscure coherence, part of it escapes our understanding, then it means that something has been won from reality. 
 There is the refusal of style and the refusal of sentimentalism, there is this desire for clarity... 
 Being an artist is nothing, or at least, not enough; what you want is to be a poet. 
 The denunciation of suffering by photography has replaced the religious justification of suffering in painting. Denunciation is a function of photojournalism, and in itself that’s a step in the right direction. 
 I am cold and detached, sufficiently invisible because sufficiently insignificant, and that is how I arrive at a full presence to things, and a simple and direct relation to the real. That idea, in my work, is central. 
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