2020 — Marseille, France
About this series
Far from the Provencal tourist postcard, the city of Marseille spreads its concrete, dusty and dilapidated boulevards far into the hills.
North of Marseille, the concrete flows without ever stopping, covering everything with its grey-white color that blinds the passers-by under the July sun. Here, we are far from the dolce Vita, from the bars overlooking the sea, or from the little train for tourists that paces the picturesque streets of the city center. Marseille, a dusty city, a noisy city, a city under construction. No trees, no grass. Only concrete, brand new or collapsing on these neighborhoods, where the sea is only a mirage.
“The fishermen don’t know how to swim, it’s good for the holidaymakers who go among the waves to have fun and who put themselves in the sun on purpose. The sun is pleasant for the one who takes it lying down, motionless. For the one who carries it on his back, the sun is a bag of coal”. Erri De Luca, Montedidio.
Photographer: Theo Giacometti
Based in: Marseille, France
Freelance photojournalist, born in 1989, member of the Studio Hans Lucas since 2018, I live and work in Marseille where I produce reports, for the press or NGOs, mainly around social and environmental issues.
Curious about the social mechanisms and humans that shape our society, I am interested in many universes and love to share and tell the stories I am going through.
Publications: The Guardian, The New York Times, Libération, Le Monde, The Washington Post, Courrier International, Télérama, Society, L’Humanité, Reporters Sans Frontière, AFP, Fisheye Magazine, etc
Collaborations : Leica, Chanel, Le Ballet National de Marseille, Greenpeace, Fondation de France, Bloomberg, etc
Winner of the French Ministry of Culture Grant « Mondes Nouveaux »