Night Shot / Alain Willaume


Shot in different monasteries in Dharamsal (India) with a digital night vision camera, Night shot is a series of portraits of Tibetan refugees (monks and nuns) who fled from their native Tibet to live in India under the protection of H.H. The Dalai Lama.

This work wishes to evoke the destruction of a precious culture and its slow fading into darkness. It uses a technology likely to litteraly ‘rape’ the obscurity. Similar to the green nightvision imaging that was typified in the media during the first Gulf War, the night vision used for these images helps here in revealling the fragility of the current context, the power of the threat surrounding this people and the depth of the silent Buddhist meditation, all inscribed on these faces.


The first part of this work has been produced and exhibited in 2004 by the Image’04 Festival in Vevey (Switzerland)

Exhibitions :
2005 – Chinese Eyes Gallery , Paris / France
2005 – Médiathèque of Neudorf, Strasbourg / France
2004 – Festival Images’04 of Vevey / Suisse
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This exhibition includes 10 prints 7 of 30 x 40 cm framed (oak frame) under glass 1 of 60 X 90 cm 2 of 40 x 60 cm.