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The UK premiere of two powerful and moving bodies of work by Magnum photographer Luc Delahaye: History and Winterreise.

Baghdad #4, 2003 © Luc Delahaye, courtesy Ricco/Maresca Gallery and Magnum Photos © Luc Delahaye, courtesy Ricco/Maresca Gallery and Magnum Photos
Baghdad #4, 2003


History is a series of monumental panoramas, moving from the streets of Baghdad to Ground Zero, the embattled landscapes of Afghanistan and the Milosevic trial in the Hague. Delahaye's photographs go beyond the fragmented details familiar in the media to give a fuller, yet more detached, view. The works invoke grand themes, from the haunting and humanizing image of a dead Taliban soldier to tiny figures among the rubble of the Jenin refugee camp.

Evoking 19th century war photographs and the tradition of history paintings, Delahaye's work is also utterly contemporary, both visually and conceptually. While the news media produce increasing numbers of images, our understanding of the events they represent seems more limited than ever. Delahaye's photographs are striking for their thoughtfulness and power, their range and beauty. They offer a rare opportunity to stand back from the deluge of information and look again.


Winterreise is a melancholy road story and a dark portrait of contemporary Russia. Travelling through the winter of 1998/9, Delahaye was invited into the homes and lives of ordinary people. Along the way, he photographed the damaged lives and stark landscapes of a nation in crisis.


Born in France in 1962, documentary photographer Luc Delahaye has worked in the fields of news and history for almost two decades. Several of his bodies of work are based on documentary portraits, experimenting with the essential properties of photography as a recording process (Portraits/1, Memo and L'Autre). He has also worked on a photographic road trip through contemporary Russia (Winterreise), examining the social consequences of the country's economic depression, and a social study of the suburbs of Toulouse, France (Une Ville).

Delahaye joined Magnum Photos in 1994. Among many distinctions, he has received the Robert Capa gold Medal (1993 and 2002), the Niépce award (2002), the ICP Infinity Award (2001), the Oskar Barnack Award (2000), World Press Photo awards (first prizes in 1993, 1994 and 2002), and the Bayeux Award for War Reporters (2002).