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The Wrong Side: Living on the Mexican Borderby Jerome Sessini
Synopses & Reviews
In 2008 the photographer Jérôme Sessini started the Mexican project: a dive into the drug cartel war in Mexico. This compelling reportage, lasting two years, is a valuable document about the most dangerous cities in the country: Culiacán, Tijuana, and especially, Ciudad, Juárez.
In 2010 this work was awarded with the F Award for Concerned Photography, "Jérôme Sessini's ongoing exploration of drug-related violence in Mexico at the US border is remarkable for its sustained engagement with an increasingly alarming and dangerous reality, for its attention to concrete particulars, and for its ambition to convey the scope and complexity of the conflict."
"So far from God, too close to America": this fatalistic phrase could recapitulate the situation in Mexico.
About the Author
Jérôme Sessini builds a passion for photography, discovering American documentary photography through books shown by a friend, a photographer. He initiates his own practice, shooting people, landscapes and daily lives of those around his native Eastern France (with Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Mark Cohen and Eugene Richards in mind).
In 1998, although nothing predicted he would turn to journalism, Sessini arrives in Paris. Gamma photo agency gives him the opportunity to cover the ongoing conflict in Kosovo.
Sessini has since then covered most of the international current events: Palestine, Iraq (from 2003 to 2008), Aristides fall in Haiti (2004), the conquest of Mogadishu by the Islamic militias and the war in Lebanon (2006).
Sessinis work is immediately internationally acknowledged. It is published by prestigious newspapers and magazines among which, Newsweek, Stern, Paris-Match as well as Le Monde and the Wall Street Journal.
His photography also leads to single exhibitions at the Visa Photo Festival in Perpignan, at the Rencontres dArles, the Bibliothèque nationale François-Mitterrand, as well as with the French Ministry of Culture.
Jerome Sessini is now a nominee at Magnum Photos.(July 2012)
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