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Anne Rearick

Anne Rearick is American. Yet other than her, no one could understand the 15-year-long love story between a young woman and the French Basque country, the key subject of her photography. It was there that she fell in love with the land, the daily life, and the connection between people and animals. Her sensibility allows her to properly record the moments truly capturing the essence of this culture.

Her work comes through as deeply personal because therein lie her motivations. Whether in the United States or South Africa, she approaches people and situations with an unbiased eye, and her images reflect the intense bonds she builds with her subjects, their communities, and their struggles.


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Portfolio

Portraits

Series

Idaho, True West (2017)

The American West has changed immeasurably since Anne Rearick was born, in the sixties, in Boise, Idaho. The increasing population has spread subdivisions and shopping malls accelerating the commodification, tourism and homogenization of the region. Farmland growing onion, sugar beets, alfalfa and sweet corn have been trade with massive housing and the riverbank of the Boise river have been rearranged for the leisure of the Californian passing by. But Anne Rearick knows where to look for the vestiges of a more authentic West remaining. While exploring the natural beauty and untamed wilderness of Idaho, she highlights what is left of the True West within the small towns and rural life....

Nez Perce, USA (2011)

Since 2009, Anne Rearick has been going every summer in Lapwai, a little town of Idaho, in the North-West of USA. Here, she has been documenting the daily life of Nez Perce Indian tribe. There are almost 2700 Nez Perce and half of them live in the little town of Lapwai, which is the center of the Nez Perce tribal government. Anne Rearick has documented Lapwai population’s daily life. Her pictures, sober, made in black and white square format, depict the intimacy of a community which knows a lot of social problems. In this city where unemployment is rife, those with jobs work in the nearby Lewiston mill or at the Nez Perce casino.

Inside South Africa's townships - 2004 (2010)

17 years after the abolition of Apartheid, the gap between black and white South-Africans is far from being bridged over. Since 2004, Americain photographer Anne Rearick documents the daily life in the township of Capetown’s suburb. She follows in Langa and Khayelitsha, the people affected by misery and social exclusion. Regularly, Anne Rearick returns to testify on a difficult situation which doesn't seem to evolve over the years. An unweary witness of this inescapable fact, she strives to show the human relationships forged in this environment, and which help making life a little easier. Captown suburbs’ inhabitants are predominantly Xhosas, originating from the east coast of...

Domestics in South Africa (2010)

Each day before dawn thousands of women in townships across South Africa walk to bus stops and travel the distance – enormous not only in terms of miles but culturally and spiritually, too -- from their homes in the townships to the white suburbs. The mostly black townships are places of extreme hardship, crime and violence. The pristine, predominantly white suburbs are landscaped, and protected with high fences, entry gates with guards, and roving security teams. The women who travel here each day are domestic workers, formerly known as maids. The women clean, cook, iron, and care for children for 90-100 rand a day, roughly $3400 a year. Up to ¼ of this is spent on transportation. The...

High school in South Africa (2006)

Nelson Mandela said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world," and yet nearly two decades after the end of apartheid, most of South Africa's schools in black townships are desperately failing their charges. Kulani High School is one of two high schools located in Langa, outside of Cape Town. Its grounds and buildings are surrounded by barb wire fence and those allowed entry must first pass through a locked gate and two sets of security guards. There are 1800 students and only 54 teachers. Classrooms are overcrowded and teachers underpaid. 50% of  students do not pass the required final examinations necessary to graduate. Those that do succeed in their...

Boxing, USA (2006)

Amateur boxing stands in the shadow of its show-off professional cousin. Within this world, which I have photographed in a small boxing club-house in Old Church, Somerville (Massachusetts), during the New England Golden Gloves competition in Lowell (Massachusetts), at Johnny Tocco's sweatbox in Las Vegas, and in Almaty, Kazakhstan. I have found something quieter and purer than I thought boxing could be. Alongside the blood and bruises, exists a relationship between the fighter and the trainer that are as true and loving as relationships can be. The kids who come to the gym are almost by definition at-risk, and what they seek, what they hunger for, is as complicated as love, glory, and...

Kazakhstan (2004)

In the remote Tian Shan mountains, bordering China, and five hours away from Kazahstan’s largest city, the town of Tekeli has experienced all the trials of post-Soviet economic and social dislocation. Once a mining center, the struggles and perseverance of the residents of Tekeli are visible on the faces of the people. Gritty and industrial, the city is in essence, a microcosm of the economic decline of the industrial areas in a post-industrial age. Especially because of the aging population that can not leave, and the continuous exodus of youth towards larger cities. Despite unemployment, insufficient pensions and an increasing isolation among this aging population, I have found and...

The Basque country (2002)

Since 1990, when I received a Fulbright Fellowship to photograph rural life in the Basque Country of southwest France, the heart of my work has been informed by this extraordinary region and its habitues. During the past two decades I have returned at least twice a year, and it has become for me a second home, one whose shifts have resonated with my own evolution as a documenter of place and community and spirit. Many of the old people in St. Jean Pied de Port and its surrounding villages speak not French or Spanish, but Euskara, the Basque language. This linguistic seclusion has contributed to their reputation for being closed and distrustful. Yet since the first day of my first visit,...

Columbia Terrace and Mystic Housing Projects, USA (1990)

Columbia Street and Mystic Projects are housing complexes of immigrant and low-income families located just outside of Boston. The sidewalks, courtyards, and stoops became a stage where I photographed the small daily dramas of the children who lived here. Playing at being grownups, full of imagination and glowing with life--the kids were as yet untouched by drugs, violence, and the hopelessness that is pervasive in these places. I often wonder what their lives have become, hoping that miraculously these children have found a way to escape the trap that is being born poor in America.

Appalachia, USA (1990)

In 1990, I travelled to eastern Kentucky in Appalachia. Lost on mountain roads, I stopped at a small country store and asked directions. Luckily, a man in the store knew where I needed to go and led me down winding roads framed by strip-mined mountainsides until we arrived in Viper. As I drove down the dirt road which lead to the Riddle’s house, barking dogs, chickens in trees, and a boy with sideways eyes carrying a rifle greeted me. This was like no place I had been before and for several of the longest days I remember I lived in a feverish dream witnessing the rites of the Holiness Church, where the handling of deadly snakes and drinking strychnine serve as measures of faith and...

Books

Township

I have been working as a documentary photographer for nearly thirty years. Over the past decade I have photographed life in the townships of Langa, Khayelitsha, Philippi and Mitchell's Plain outside of Cape Town, South Africa. My work there began during a Guggenheim Fellowship year for my exploration of the culture of amateur boxing. During my trip, I met people living in Langa and Khayelitsha and began photographing the Luvuyo Boxing Club in Khayelitsha. I felt uncomfortable as another white person with a camera, photographing people with less resources and access to power. Subsequently, I cut my trip short, unsure of the work I was doing and who would actually benefit from it. Upon my return to the States, I looked at the pictures I had made decided to go back to learn more, to further explore post-apartheid life in black communities. After over a dozen trips and more than a thousand rolls of film, I began to believe that the pictures mattered-they were not about people as victims, or about poverty, or any of those things we imagine life in black South African townships to be.
Outside the cities frequented by tourists and business travelers, in vibrant townships, I found beauty and strength and all the contradictions of being human in the people I photographed; a preacher testifying to his rapt congregation; a couple's loving embrace at day’s end; the proud regard of my friend Sindi in her traditional Xhosa dress; the moving funeral of a young Sotho man; the poetry and grace of a girl dancing on a warm Sunday afternoon; and the striking face of “Dream Girl,” a young woman studying to be a traditional healer, a “sangoma."

This work has taken me into classrooms of overcrowded schools, the emergency room of an underfunded government hospital, burgeoning churches and the homes of those who live there. With South Africa’s current political climate, economic instability and increasing social unrest, these images serve as a reminder of all that is at stake in this fragile new democracy.

From my first body of work, on Basque life and culture in southwest France, to this current project, I have worked in the humanist tradition of photographers such as Dorothea Lange, Eugene Richards and Peter Magubane, striving to make images that foster empathy, understanding, and social change. I endeavor to honestly portray the rich and full range of day-to-day experience of the people I encounter. I have launched this campaign to raise money to defray the costs of a book of these photographs that I am thrilled to be co-publishing with Editions Clémentine de la Féronniere. "
Text by: Phillip Prodger et Sipho Mpongo

Publisher: Editions Clémentine de la Féronniere (2016)
144 pages
Size: 25 x 28 cm  

Anne Rearick’s eye

Point de spectaculaire, aucun effet, juste de l'amour pour une terre et des gens découverts un jour, si loin de l'Amérique, et accompagnés avec le profond respect qu'ils méritent. Juste un parfait album de souvenirs heureux à la manière d'un album de la famille qu'Anne Rearick s'est choisie au Pays basque.
Christian Caujolle
Text by: Bernado Atxaga, Gabriel Bauret, Christian Caujolle

Publisher: Editions Atlantica (2003)
150 pages
Size: 30x24 cm
ISBN :2843946476   

Awards


    2014 - Prix Roger Pic (SCAM) pour "Afrique du Sud - Chroniques d'un township"

    2007 - Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant

    2003 - Sommerville Arts Council Grant

    2003 - Guggenheim Fellowship Award

    2002 - Dorothea Lange / Paul Taylor Prize (Honorable Mention)

    1998 - Mosaique Programme, Luxembourg

    1997 - Somerville Arts Council Grant

    1995 - New England Foundation for the Arts

    1995 - St. Botolph's Club Foundation Grant

    1993 - Janet Wu Grant

    1993 - Somerville Arts Council Grant

    1992 - Blanche E.Colman Award

    1991 - Fullbright Fellowship Grant (USA)

    1990 - Somerville Arts Council Grant

Exhibitions



Sète #17 (Sète)
From 2017-05-24 to 2017-06-11

Des gens, des lumières. On pourrait dire que Sète se résume à cela sous l’œil d’Anne Rearick. Tout simplement, avec l’immense liberté qui est la sienne, avec la souplesse qui lui fait balader de façon élégante le carré de son cadre jusqu’à réduire, sans le limiter, l’espace de son expérience à ce carré qui devient magique parce qu’inexplicable. Son Sète est habité de personnages entre lesquels elle n’établit aucune hiérarchie mais avec lesquels elle recherche un dialogue d’images en espérant que, l’un à côté de l’autre, ils donneront non un...

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South Africa, Chronicles of a Township (Perpignan)
From 2014-08-30 to 2014-09-14

For the past decade Anne Rearick has photographed life in predominantly black townships outside Cape Town. Her pictures (using a conventional medium format camera) display humanist sensibility and convey the spirit of South Africans who face endemic violence, extreme economic hardship, and unabated racism, yet still maintain dignity, hope and courage. Rearick\'s work has taken her into the classrooms of overcrowded schools and the emergency room of an underfunded public hospital, into churches and people\'s homes. With South Africa\'s current political climate, economic instability and...

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South Africa: chronicles of a township (Bobigny)
From 2013-11-07 to 2014-01-04

“I found both beauty and combat in modern-day South Africa, but I also found the whole range of human contradictions”. Seventeen years after the end of Apartheid, Anne Rearick travelled to South Africa several times. Her work led her to share the everyday lives of its inhabitants, in the schools, churches, hospitals and houses of the townships of Langa and Khayelitsha, in the suburbs of Cape Town. “South Africa is a land of extremes: extreme beauty, extreme violence, extreme courage and both extreme hope and despair”. Anne Rearick’s images accurately reflect these mixed...

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Afrique du Sud. Après l’apartheid (Valence)
From 2010-06-11 to 2010-09-19


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South Africa from apartheid to nowadays (Sète)
From 2009-04-30 to 2009-05-10

Anne Rearick is an american photographer passionated by South Africa since 2003, and specially by shantytowns of Cape Town. Her classical, squared, black and white images traduce a strong closeness and a real empathy.(about 30 photos)

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Pays Basque (Le Mans cedex 2)
From 2008-09-20 to 2008-10-25


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