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14-18 : The Chemin des Dames

In 1981, Gérard Rondeau began working alongside French writer Yves Gibeau in the harsh landscapes of the Chemin des Dames, staging ground of several major battles that took place during WWI. In his retirement of the presbytery of Roucy, Gibeau was haunted by the din of war, and his work was a battle fought on behalf of memory against forgetfulness.

After the writer’s death in 1994, Gérard Rondeau continued this investigation on the Great War and its marks on the territory and the people. The photographer makes us share both the man’s private life and the universality of war.

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