Extents of snow as far as the eye can see, herds of reindeer, yurts, migrant populations that weave a link between two continents, snow “Indians”, walrus hunting and fishing that feeds its man, a few towns sometimes, almost absurd in the vision we have of an elsewhere crossed by sleds; it is to all this that Claudine Doury summons us. Ample frames, extensions that dialogue with the perspective of a faraway place still to be discovered, characters that structure the space in which they become landmarks, Claudine Doury practices a generous photography that makes us share her astonishment and, by proxy, invites us to travel. These photographs remember Curtis and his North American Indians.
In turn, for four years in every season, Claudine Doury has gone to meet the Siberian peoples whose traces she has sought, the forgotten peoples whose stories she has read and will find again. But because the photographic medium has learned that it has other functions than documentation, she renews its ethnological approach by discarding all scientific pretensions in favor of a human approach. Her way of working is to meet and share on a daily basis. Her images bear witness to this with all the strength of her gaze.
– Christian Caujolle