Solange Paradis Photography – Highlighting overlooked, offbeat and emerging topics

As a French self-taught photographer graduated in political science and geopolitical studies, I came to documentary photography through various assignments in fragile or post-war countries. I am committed to portray people in their religious, social and natural environment without any taboos but always in a respectful manner. I have sought to follow the same approach in my own country.

In October 2021, I joined Hans Lucas, a photographer Collective and French international agency dedicated to photojournalism. In the past, I worked with the photo press agency CIRIC/Bayard Presse focusing on religious issues.

Solange Paradis Photography aims at digging out overlooked, offbeat or emerging topics, people and places and bringing the “audience” closer to the unusual voices.

  • “Legends and rituals” explores the impact of belief in societies. All stories are guided by the aim of conveying aesthetics of the sacred. This topic encompasses for instance the building of a mysterious but healing Calvary in the middle of nowhere in French Brittany, Voodoo and religious syncretism in Haiti, Muslim-Christian dialogue in Lebanon and in France, Islam in Guinea and the United Arab Emirates as well as Orthodox Christianity in Ethiopia, in the Russian diaspora in France or amid Iraqi refugees in Lebanon.
  • “Societies” aims at highlighting overlooked, offbeat or emerging topics. It covers for instance strained relationship between Haitians and Dominicans on both sides of a river border, the plight of exile in Lebanon for Christian refugees of Iraq who fled the Islamic State, commitment of resilient Haitian artists to rebuild their country after the earthquake or the offbeat but still serious cause of naked and sometimes disabled riders trying to raise awareness about road safety or the use of horse ploughing by a rising wine star in South-West of France.
  • “Wanderlust” is an invitation to travel across new, and sometimes unrecognized-, lands of discovery, whether it is in Guinea in Western Africa or in Ethiopia, at the other side of the African continent.

A few sound files that I had the opportunity to record might help to sharpen even more visual perceptions.

Solange Paradis, December 2020

A FEMALE SELLER IN CONAKRY STREETS FAR FROM HUMOURLESS. SOLANGE PARADIS PHOTOGRAPHY. DIGGING OUT OVERLOOKED TOPICS, PLACES AND PEOPLE.
A female seller in Conakry streets far from humourless (21 December 2014)
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