Patrick Chauvel: "In War Photography, Some Brutality Must Be Shown" — Blind Magazine

Patrick Chauvel, 72, covers the war in Ukraine for Paris-Match. A few hours before his departure, he welcomed Blind at his home to look back on his 50 years of war photography. Half a century of history told in an album published for the 30th anniversary

At 72, Patrick Chauvel covers the war in Ukraine for Paris-Match. A few hours before his departure, he welcomed Blind at his home to look back on his 50 years of war photography. Half a century of history told in an album published for the 30th anniversary of Reporters Without Borders, entitled 100 photos for freedom of the press.

Patrick Chauvel : a living legend

"‘You look like you're dead.’ Those are the opening words of Les pompes de Ricardo Jésus. Pierre Schoendeoerffer utters them upon seeing a photo of Patrick wounded in Cambodia in April 1974. Patrick wrote these lines as he took his first steps on crutches after taking ‘a bullet in the left ankle, a present of the Revolutionary Guards in Tabriz’ in 1980... "

Patrick Chauvel : a living legend

“Let's go.” These words sum up Patrick Chauvel's life. For him, journalism is a way of life. It's not some a Taliban of information. Photography? The obligation to be the first in line, where it's really happening. “I'm not a great photographer,” he says to those who will listen. “But now and then I do take great photos.”