It's all there, dressed up on parade for this major exercise of homogenizing, enabling easier tagging. Men and women who inhabit these images are singled out by the minimum friction, as well as the environment in which they live.
And then there's the urban landscape in which locals rub against one another.
Locking with their door wedges, cement stairs, bars, walls, buildings with angles and at unlikely places, it becomes at the same time a place for expression.
The claim for "” made by some on the walls, the photographer's young child fun imagining a great playing field, nature´s sarcasm finally laughing at modernity and cracking the concrete in order to open a passage.
Saint-Jacques district is a tangle of little workers houses, small gardens and fallows, paths dominated by a skyscraper called 'The Great Wall of China'.
All these small frictions are needed so to achieve the transmission of the unique history of this neighbourhood in a delicate and poetic manner.
Instead of illustrating an image of tough neighbourhoods, already too explored, Bertrand Meunier, working in the tiniest permeability of elements, beings and sensitive surface, presents a different memory and a field of possibilities.
Bertrand Meunier was born in 1965.
He is a member of the collective of photographers "Tendance Floue" and the winner of the Prix Niepce, in 2007.
He develops his work according to a procedure that is similar to film making: a long-term study of the location, script writing from a series of images and sequence construction. Emerging from the raw data, it assumes a subjective often dreamlike intention.
In the late 90s, he becomes interested in the Chinese industrial world. This research, completed in Erased, leads him to several trips over a decade. Statistic restructuring of the working class and its disintegration unveil within a dark and tumultuous universe.
In 2003, using the same approach, he began a series devoted to Pakistan.
Initially with the desire to consider one of the critical points of the contemporary world, he explores the fringes and translates resulting tensions.
For four years, he applies his documentary approach to an intimate event - his father's illness - performing "L'homme éloigné".