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Christophe Goussard

Born in 1970 in Gironde, France.

Whether it's an assignment or a personal project, Christophe Goussard's focus has always been the human being. His photography is an attempt to become closer - to truly empathize - with the men and women he meets. Whether in colour or black and white, alone or collaborating with a writer, approaching a Syrian town named Maaloula or the relations between Christians and Muslims, his work remains strong and committed to his subject.


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Portfolio

Portraits

Series

Morocco, Shemz’y circus school (2012)

We are by the seaside, in a poor district of Salé, in the suburb of Rabah. There is an old fort, eaten away by the years. In front: a circus tent. And inside the tent, a large warehouse, some offices and a canteen… This is where the Moroccan National Circus School is established, far away from the city centre. Created after Anne Fratellini’s visit to Rabah in the late 90’s, Shemz’y Circus trains artists coming from all over Morocco. And since 2009, the school delivers a national certificate for disciplines that are far less known in Morocco than traditional acrobatics. French circassians take it in turn to teach all year round and to organise the festival, which takes place...

The others (aramean stroll), Syria (2009)

56km north of Damascus, the village of Ma’loula has a peculiar history: the majority of its inhabitants are Aramaic speaking Christians, more precisely they use the Palestinians strain of the ancient language ; the language of Christ. Whereas wars rage and threaten Syria’s bordering countries, and while these wars are increasingly presented as sectarian conflicts, Ma’aloula maintains a peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims so that the ancient bonds are not broken. Ma’aloula has at least two paradoxes and this is another of its quirks and demonstrates a dialogue of mutual respect. Ma’loulans live their faith to such excess that it has almost become folklore....

Gardens of plenty, France (2008)

“Jardins de Cocagne” are organic market gardens which employ people confronted to social and professional exclusion situations. Giving work to those people, away from employment, and accompanying them efficiently allow them to regain confidence in themselves, to regain social marks, and to consider gradually a professional project. In order to provide the financial balance of the Gardens, the production is sold every week in baskets of season’s vegetables to customers who take out a subscription. “Jardins de Cocagne” employs more than 3000 people, and shares out every week their organic products to more than 13000 French families. Photographer Stéphane Goussard crossed France...

The clinic Esquirol Saint Hilaire, France (2007)

In the often very impersonal universe of clinics, Christophe Goussard is tracking down those little gestures that are the link between two human beings. To the technicality and the growing place of the machine, the photographer is opposing the human work in the hospital environment.

Noir Désir (2002)

When they were recording their latest album, “Des Visages, Des Figures”, and then on the following tour, Christophe Goussard has photographed French rock band Noir Désir. He followed them on their Middle-East tour, as well as on French stages. Between stage pictures and rehearsal scene, this series shows us a band at work, always on the move, and deeply politically and musically committed.

Books

L’adieu au fleuve

Two men retrace their footsteps along the Gironde estuary. Ocean, they go up the course to Bordeaux by roads and paths, bike, each on a shore.
One, Christophe Goussard, made this trip in black and white, right bank in Blaye, place of birth and youth. The other, Christophe Dabitch in a personal narrative, in the Médoc, instead of family ties and childhood memories.
Farewell to the river is a book alternating the banks and chapters in texts or images, such as taking notes, some phrases from the black and white and color photographs size reduced from words.
In this story, both invent a trip in their footsteps along the muddy waters of the estuary.
Text by: Christophe Dabitch

Publisher: Filigranes Editions (2015)
160 pages
Size: 17 x 24 cm  

Les jours d'après

« D’ailleurs et d’ici », portraits de migrants à Cenon retrace la vie d’une dizaine de personnes qui ont accepté de livrer leur histoire, celle d’une immigration parfois choisie, la plupart du temps subie, qui les a menées à Cenon où ils vivent aujourd’hui, entre bonheurs et difficultés du quotidien.

Des petites histoires qui croisent la grande. Des petites histoires de courage, d’apprentissage d’une langue ardue, d’intégration dans une société pas toujours bienveillante, de recherche de travail et de logement, de dignité souvent malmenée.

Christophe Goussard les a photographiés dans leur intimité, dans des lieux qu’ils affectionnent. Il a également capté des objets qui témoignent de leur histoire passée et présente.

Éric Bonneau les a longuement interviewés afin d’écrire des portraits sensibles, subjectifs, littéraires, empreints d’humanité.
Text by: Éric Bonneau

Publisher: Filigranes Editions (2014)
72 pages
Size: 170 x 240mm  

Château Soutard, Itinéraire d'un grand cru classé


Text by: Xavier Rosan

Publisher: Les Editions de Soutard (2011)
168 pages
ISBN :978-2-9539686-0-6   

Les Autres, balade araméenne

Ce livre a pour cadre un petit village en Syrie, au nord de Damas. Les habitants de Maaloula, chrétiens - majoritairement - et musulmans, sont parmi les derniers locuteurs de la langue supposée être celle du Christ. Ils se disent ainsi Araméens.
Alors que la guerre et les affrontements confessionnels font rage alentour, Maaloula maintient une coexistence pacifique entre chrétiens et musulmans, chacun faisant en sorte que le lien ancien ne soit pas brisé. C'est dans un pays où la police politique veille à l’harmonie.
Autant que la persistance et le rôle d’une langue, durant trois voyages, les auteurs s’interrogent sur cet effort des deux communautés, dans un village sans heurt manifeste sur les hauteurs duquel règne une étrange Vierge en résine. Ils questionnent également leurs propres représentations. Le temps de trois voyages, du printemps à l’hiver, qu’il ne s’y passe rien ou que le village soit en ébullition festive, ils rencontrent les habitants et s’égarent dans les ruelles, jusqu’à glisser vers la fiction et une utilisation de la couleur.
Text by: Christophe Dabitch

Publisher: Filigranes (2009)
160 pages
Size: 17 x 24 cm  

Exhibitions



Les Jours d\'Après (Paris)
From 2014-06-21 to 2014-07-01

The book \"The day after portraits of migrants Cenon\" (publisher : Filigranes Editions) traces the lives of a dozen people who agreed to share their story, that of an immigration sometimes chosen but mostly suffered, which led them to Cenon (near Bordeaux) where they live, between happiness and difficulties of everyday life. Christophe Goussard photographed them in their intimacy, in places they love. Eric Bonneau interviewed them and wrote sensitive, subjective, literary portraits, full of humanity. Meeting with Christophe Goussard, photographer, and Eric Bonneau, writer. Saturday June...

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Les autres, balade araméenne (Perigueux)
From 2014-05-19 to 2014-06-07

The inhabitants of Maaloula, a small village in Syria, north of Damascus, Christians – mostly – and Muslims are among the last speakers of the language assumed to be that of Christ. They say and Arameans. While war and religious conflict raging around Maaloula maintains a peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims, each making sure that the old link is not broken. This in a country where police policy ensures harmony. As far as the persistence and the role of a language, for three trips, the authors questioned the effort of the two communities, in a smooth clear village on the...

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Les autres, balade araméenne (Lourdes)
From 2010-07-24 to 2010-09-18

56km north of Damascus, the village of Ma’loula has a peculiar history: the majority of its inhabitants are Aramaic speaking Christians, more precisely they use the Palestinians strain of the ancient language ; the language of Christ. Along with two neighboring villages, it is the last to do so.\r Whereas wars rage and threaten Syria’s bordering countries, and while these wars are increasingly presented as sectarian conflicts, Ma’aloula maintains a peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims so that the ancient bonds are not broken. Ma’aloula has at least two paradoxes and...

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Les autres, balade araméenne (La Rochelle)
From 2010-06-10 to 2010-07-17

56km north of Damascus, the village of Ma’loula has a peculiar history: the majority of its inhabitants are Aramaic speaking Christians, more precisely they use the Palestinians strain of the ancient language ; the language of Christ. Along with two neighboring villages, it is the last to do so.\r Whereas wars rage and threaten Syria’s bordering countries, and while these wars are increasingly presented as sectarian conflicts, Ma’aloula maintains a peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims so that the ancient bonds are not broken. Ma’aloula has at least two paradoxes and...

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The others (Bordeaux)
From 2009-04-02 to 2009-04-30

56km north of Damascus, the village of Ma'loula has a peculiar history: the majority of its inhabitants are Aramaic speaking Christians, more precisely they use the Palestinians strain of the ancient language ; the language of Christ. Along with two neighboring villages, it is the last to do so.Whereas wars rage and threaten Syria's bordering countries, and while these wars are increasingly presented as sectarian conflicts, Ma'aloula maintains a peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims so that the ancient bonds are not broken. Ma'aloula has at least two paradoxes and this is...

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