Alexa et Patrick
@ Auriolles, 07200 Saint-Étienne-de-Boulogne, France
We are a team of two, formed by a journalist and a photographer. In 2011, we imagined a world, a fictional France in which shale gas would be exploited. This series is called “News from Gazhistan”. It has already been exhibited and published, and participates in raising general awareness of the environmental changes linked to our way of life. Today, we wish to pursue this... See more
We are a team of two, formed by a journalist and a photographer. In 2011, we imagined a world, a fictional France in which shale gas would be exploited. This series is called “News from Gazhistan”. It has already been exhibited and published, and participates in raising general awareness of the environmental changes linked to our way of life. Today, we wish to pursue this project, to complete the series with images that talk about the changes expected in the agricultural world. I am Alexa Brunet, a 35 years old photographer. I first studied a the Art College in Belfast, and at the ENSP in Arles after that. I am part of the photographers' collective Transit since 2002 and work mainly for the press and institutions. At the same time, I work in France and abroad on projects about “image” in collaboration with artists and writers. I am regularly invited to exhibit and take parti in residency programmes for photographers (Niort, Prix des Pyrénées Atlantiques, Diaphane). In 2007, I published “Post, ex-Yugoslavia” with Florence Vialettes (published by Le bec en l’air); in 2012, “Unusual Dwellers” with my sister Irène (published by Images en Manoeuvres); and, in 2011, “In the Somme” (Diaphane). My pictures are distributed by the photo agency Picturetank. I live with my husband, who is a farmer, in the middle of a rural area steeped in ancient traditions. This has allowed me to notice environmental changes at a local level. I am Patrick Herman, journalist and farmer. I am a baby-boom child, born in 1948 into a family of teachers. I should have continued this tradition, but after celebrating my 20th birthday in the Quartier Latin and teaching for several years, I left for the South of France, where I took over some fallow land and became a farmer. I should have dedicated myself full-time to this job, but the house needed to be repaired, so I also became a builder, an electrician, a roofer. I was meant to finish it quite quickly, but I took a train to Milan, where I discovered the archives of the Seveso disaster and decided to become a journalist instead. This was in the early 1990s. Since then, I have worked with many magazines and newspapers (L'écologiste, Revue XXI, Le Monde Diplomatique) and published a few books (Numéro d'écrou, lettre au détenu José Bové, La bio entre business et projet de société, La roue, seasonal agricultural workers). I an independent journalist, I choose my own projects and take my time to work on them.