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Benoit Aquin: Mégantic in Pictures
MONTREAL  •  Mégantic in Pictures  •  18 February - 24 May 2015

Montreal photographer Benoit Aquin is concerned with climatic catastrophes, as evidenced by his series Tsunami (2004) executed in Indonesia, and Haiti (2010-2011). Environmental disasters are also among his concerns: global warming in Quebec’s Far North (2005) and the food crisis in Egypt in 2007. In 2008 he won the prestigious Prix Pictet for the images in his series The Chinese ‘Dust Bowl (2006-2007).

benoit aquin Exclusion Zone - Fence
Benoit Aquin:  Fence. The exclusion zone

To illustrate the competition’s subject – water – he chose to depict drought resulting from human activity. In this regard, it is not surprising that he was drawn to the tragedy in Lac-Mégantic. The exhibition Mégantic in Pictures features forty photographs that reveal the photographer’s empathy with his subject. Thirteen photographs from this series – which are being exhibited in Canada for the first time – were presented last summer at the Rencontres d’Arles as part of a retrospective of the four winners of the Prix Pictet. The photograph Exclusion Zone from the series Mégantic was selected by The Guardian as one of the fifteen best images in this annual festival of photography.

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