France, July 2022–Present

JPM holds space for grief and a photographic dialogue with my late father who unexpectedly passed away on February 20, 2022 at age 68 in Toulouse, France.  

He was born in Algiers, Algeria, during the Algerian War of Independence, which he experienced first-hand until he moved to France in the early 1960s with his parents and three sisters. He became a photojournalist at Agence France Presse (AFP) in Paris and covered French and international news. While we were close at the end of his life, I sadly did not know him much, since my parent separated when I was 2 years old. 

The project consists of pictures of his house as I found it in July and August 2022, after being unable to travel to France for three years. The house was intact but I had little time to sort through it and sell it before flying back to Los Angeles in late August 2022. Grief struck hard. My loss became all the more real.

Additional material that is yet to be produced and that will be woven into the project comprises: his personal documents, extensive archive of scanned negatives, landscapes he loved, 3D scans of his personal belongings, his–often incomplete–photographic gear, and archival research about the Algerian War of Independence.

Sequencing a collection of such scattered elements is a cathartic way to cope with the silent inner implosion I have experienced grieving him.

This project is developed in the context of the 2024 Penumbra Foundation Long Term Photobook Program, and will culminate in a book dummy in December 2024. 

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