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Mégantic inaugurates the new series of photo books published by VU, centre de diffusion et de production de la photographie.

The Lac-Mégantic rail disaster of 6 July 2013 motivated Montreal photographer Benoit Aquin to visit the sites along the perimeter set up around the centre of town, which was destroyed by the explosion of multiple tank cars filled with crude oil. Mégantic shows the wounds left by this tragedy through a series of photographs taken at various times since the derailment - from the first material damage to the clean-up and reconstruction efforts, and from unspeakable grieving to the rising up of the population. Aquin lends his images to the mobilization of citizens grappling with issues whose resolution appears to be a long way off.

Following the series of photographs, the floor is given to Marilaine Savard, a Lac-Mégantic citizen who shares the questions, doubts, frustrations, and hopes that persist after the disaster.

The artist

Seeing photography as a tool for social intervention, Montreal photographer Benoit Aquin uses the image to reflect on the great humanitarian and ecological problems of our time. This engaged photographer was recognized by the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec in 2006, and in 2008 he was awarded the prestigious Prix Pictet for his series The Chinese Dust Bowl. His work is included in the collections of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Canada Council Art Bank, and Library and Archives Canada.


Technical Informations

Author(s) :
Benoit Aquin, Marilaine Savard

Format :
25 x 17 cm

Pages :
112 pages, 90 colour photographs

Langage :
Texts in French

Edition :
Québec : VU, centre de diffusion et de production de la photographie


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