Pauline et Pierre, 2001
Hugues de Wurstemberger has been exploring the territory of time and family memory for eighteen years through his work on his own children, Pauline and Pierre, which deals with everyday life in a delicate and discreet way. Hugues de Wurstemberger has endeavoured to reveal the little joys, the sweet moments, but also those where time hurts, subtracts, lets innocence escape. Although very personal, this in-depth work is very universal, like a life book, a timeless black and white tale, between contemplation and nostalgia.
“Always in square, always in black and white, always anxious to capture the vibrations of the light that sculpts the world from the layering of its greys or its contrasts, Hugues de Wurstemberger knows better than anyone else, without any mannerism whatsoever, how to find the right distance, the right space, the right tone, between tenderness and smiles, that allow him to escape from the anecdotal.
Family albums are rarely shown, and this is often only fair, even if a current trend is to look at their historical dimension. The one in which Pauline and Pierre are the main actors simply shows that there is no “minor” subject, that there are just minor photographers. Pauline and Pierre are very fortunate – and I must also thank them for having been, in no way, accomplices in this adventure -: they prove in the most brilliant way possible that one can photograph children without falling into silliness. For this, and this is too rare, it is enough that there is a great photographer.” Christian Caujolle
From the film “Pauline et Pierre”
Image & direction : Hugues de Wurstemberger
Pauline and Pierre is an intimate, initiatory journey. Her mother, his wife and children, images of everyday life alternate with sumptuous landscapes of mountains, forests and sea. Disturbing and disturbing, a tale that he tells