Spettri di Famiglia is a feverish quest. That of a renowned photographer, over forty, learning about his Neapolitan origins. There will follow multiple journeys which, in the absence of truth, will feed an autofictional story imbued with black poetry.
« They are smoky images, buried for ages, then slowly brought up from the deep galleries of memory, these places dedicated to the worst and where one does not like to hang around. These images are the obscure story of an abandonment, the brutal end of a French childhood, cut with a mincer. One evening, at the end of the holidays, a father said to Charlotte, his ten-year-old daughter, we can't bring you back with us, you'll have to stay here. And here it is Italy, it is Naples, the foreigner, the end of the world and for a child, without her parents, the end of everything. And this all happened without explanation, out of reason, for good or bad. Merely,t, the lightning of misfortune fell, one summer evening, at the end of the holidays.
Excerpt from the text by Jean-Paul Dubois, Prix Goncourt 2019
Ulrich Lebeuf, born in 1972, is a French photographer.
In May 2016, he received the Jean-Dieuzaide Prize, awarded by the Academy of Arts of Languedoc, which rewards the work of the photographer, not only for his role as a witness at major events via his shots for the French and international press, but also for his commitment to promoting photography, as artistic director.
Member of the MYOP agency since January 2007, his work is published inLe Monde, Liberation, The New York Times or magazines likeGrace,VOD, Geo, M Le Monde…
In parallel with his work for the press, he pursues more personal photographic work, in which he uses techniques close to pictorial art.
± 100 photographs
Cardboard and canvas cover
Size: 212 x 300mm