In these photographs I also wanted to underline that in France one cannot publish sombody’s photograph without their written approval. The white rectangular masks, which take after the red alarm rectangles, hide peoples’ faces so I don’t have to ask for their permission. These people become anonymous, part of a machine that react when you push a button.
As my approach to this series of photographs is violent I had to suffer too. Therefore I wanted to work in totally the opposite way that I usually do. Normally I work in close collaboration with the people I photograph. It is an intimate moment. My camera is on a tripod. I use natural light and I take many films of the same person. In Saint Lazare station I stole all of these images with an enormous flash held on top of my camera. People only knew I had photographed them once I had flashed them. Most were furious but they couldn’t say anything otherwise they would miss their train. Once the films were developped I used a computer, which I have never done in the past, to put the white rectangles over