Didier Pazery, Photographer
Trained as a graphic artist, a photographer since 1996, Didier Pazery explores the themes of duality and identity.
Interested by the play between visible and hidden appearances, by iteration and mirror effects, he develops these leitmotifs in his series of portraits of war veterans (Visages de la Grande Guerre,1996-2008 – Faces of the Great War, 1996-2008), in his work on the double life of tattoo enthusiasts (Underskin, 2005-2007), and in his work in progress, Je est une autre (I is another), about women living in precarious socio- economic conditions.
From 2009 to 2011, he chronicled the construction of the Meaux Intercommunality Great War Museum, focusing more closely on First World War archeological artefactsz (the Vestiges series, published in Le Musée de la Grande Guerre du Pays de Meaux, Le Cherche-midi editors, 2011.)
Didier Pazery’s work has appeared in newspapers and magazines both in France (Le Figaro, Le Monde, Marie-Claire…) and internationally (Life, The Herald Tribune, El Semanal…), and has been frequently exhibited: Historial de la Grande Guerre (Museum of the Great War), Péronne (1996), The Invalides, Paris (1998), and the Palais des Nations in Geneva (1999).
A selection of his work on the First World War has been a permanent exhibition since 2008 on the Verdun battlefield at the Douaumont Ossuary.
The exhibition Faces and Traces of the Great War combines his portraits of World War I veterans taken between 1996 and 2007 and his still lives of objects from the Meaux Intercommunality Great War Museum.