This monograph by Patrick Zachmann accompanies his major exhibition at the Museum of Art and History of Judaism in Paris presenting a selection of his work from the years 1970 to 2015.
The book brings together a dozen of his major series, some of which have never been published. The photographic work of Patrick Zachmann, member of Magnum Photos, is complex and dense. It can be read in particular in the light of several recurring themes that run through it. The first, and one of the most important, is the question of Jewish identity. This identity, he will seek it, explore it, discover it, starting by taking an introspective look at his own family before going to different countries in Europe. From his reflections will emerge other paths that the photographer easily takes, such as those of exile or disappearance. He photographs neo-Nazi gatherings in South Africa, in Rwanda, survivors of the genocide, or even in Chile, the disappearance of people during the dictatorship.
In this corpus, Zachmann points out the weaknesses of our relationships with others, while revisiting his own work.