Sahrawi People, 2009
During several stays in Western Sahara, Hugues de Wurstemberger shared at length the daily life of the Saharawis.
As early as 1990, he brought back a portrait of them, which expresses all his sympathy for these people and their cause. Day after day, by focusing on the ordinary, falsely anecdotal moments of this people, the photographer reveals their beauty and their ancestral way of life. The gestures are centuries old, repeated from generation to generation to save a culture in peril.
In 2009 Hugues de Wurstemberger returned to the Tindouf region to meet the generation that only knew the camps. “They have no prospects for the future. The referendum is moribund. The camps have changed with the arrival of money, shops, roads, electricity. Information is flowing over the wall thanks to mobile phones. Divided families have a right of access delivered in dribs and drabs by the Moroccan authorities. The wait is interminable, the return is unlikely.“
This work is part of a documentary revival that shakes up the traditional rules of the genre to propose a new vision of reality, slightly out of step, but which profoundly shakes the conventions of our representation of reality. His eyes invents a new ethnological approach through photography.