Five years after the death of the independent photojournalist Camille Lepage, murdered at the age of 26 during a report in the Central African Republic, Angers, her hometown, pays homage to her through, among other things, two exhibitions of her photos in conflicting African regions.
Baptized "Pure anger", the first staged images of the eponymous book (Ed de La Martinière, 2017), a large part of which are presented for the first time to the public, until July 2 at the gallery Dityvon, St. Serge University Library.
It opens with the last photo shared by Camille Lepage on Instagram, May 6, 2014, six days before her death, in the Amada Gaza region (west of the Central African Republic), near the Cameroon border where she chose accompany an anti-balaka group on patrol.
It shows the commander of the group telephoning in the middle of a road in the mist, surrounded by four of his men. An image in which, as in many others, the extreme tension of the deadly conflict between Christian anti-balaka militias and ex-seleka groups (Muslim-dominated) is breaking through.
Refugees, Displaced Persons, Victims … The exhibition also reflects the close proximity of the photoreporter with the civilian populations affected by the war and its desire to restore the emotions and dignity.
"This gallery, like the photographer whose name it is named, is rather dedicated to the author's photo, but Camille Lepage is an author work at the service of journalism. to be passed over here, "says Lucie Plessis, head of the Dityvon Gallery.
A second exhibition, at the media library Toussaint, under the title "A fragile poetry", is close to the images of the reporter with those of the French-Moroccan photographer and videographer Leila Alaoui, killed during the attacks of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso in January 2016 .
Presented in 2018 in Marrakech, she was born from the meeting between Maryvonne Lepage and Christine Alaoui, mothers of the two photographers who chose to make live the work of their daughters via a foundation.
"We live similar things, this exhibition is an opportunity for some to discover the work of Camille, for others to rediscover," says Maryvonne Lepage.
"In Angers, where we did not know her, so to speak, people did a little bit about her job," says Lepage. And in schools "Camille's photos allow to open many topics: the freedom of the press, the countries in conflict …".
A film about the life of Camille Lepage directed by Boris Lojkine, shot partly in Angers and Central Africa, is announced for the autumn.