“Provincial, I went to Paris in the 80s, hoping to become a photographer. I was lost, on the verge of abandoning my dream, when I read Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke: “And if even you were in a prison, if the walls did not let any of the world’s sounds come to your senses, then would you have this delicious and royal wealth, this treasure of memory, your childhood? Turn your attention to this side. “. I realised that I had to face the nostalgia I felt for my own childhood. Question it. And return it elsewhere. I had found the way to start a work of authorship. ”
Années 90, de mon village à Persan includes Gens de mon village (1987-1990), Tante Juliette (1987-2002), Persan-Beaumont (1987-1992), the first three series by Denis Dailleux. Although they were made in France and in black and white, they already bear the deep empathy of his relationship with others, the gentleness of his view of the world and the subtlety of his photographic style, which he would later develop in colour in Egypt and Ghana.