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Joseph-Philippe Bevillard’s first monograph, Minéirs, is the culmination of more than a decade of work. Photographing Irish travellers between 2009 and 2020, Bevillard subtly became a part of their life and, possibly as a means of expressing his gratitude, gave them copies of the photos he took. Bevillard says the travellers cherished these gifts, as it is often impossible to maintain personal belongings such as these with their erratic lifestyles. Looking at the images, it is hard to disregard the affinity and sincere relationships that transpire.

The artist’s relationship with photography has roots in a personal disability. Bevillard started painting and drawing after becoming deaf at a very young age. He turned to photography professionally in high school and later at university, but he found the opportunity to focus on photography in an artistic context after 1990. Inspired by photographers such as Alex Webb, Sally Mann, Henri-Cartier Bresson and Josef Koudelka, the artist tried out documentary photography. Especially striking are Bevillard’s images, which bear resemblance to the layers in Koudelka’s wide-angle landscapes. The Sally Mann effect can also be felt in Bevillard’s photographs of children, capturing them in instances where they appear like grown-ups.


Joseph-Philippe Bevillard


6-16 October 2022


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