Fred Lahache is a photographer based in Paris, France. His work consists of observations, landscapes, portraits, and his narratives tell stories in reportage and contemporary forms often related to the question of identity and the senses. Self-taught, he had a show Galerie Madé in 2013 which brought his early visibility and the first opportunities. Recently commissioned by LVMH, Urban Outfitters blog, also contributed to Freunde von Freunden, Brownbook magazine and other editorials. Fred has been published by Aint–Bad magazine is the past (print & online), as well as in various zines.
Par les champs et par les grèves
This series is inspired freely from a Gustave Flaubert diary, that he wrote after visiting Brittany when he was young. Fred visited this french region on Flaubert’s exact footsteps, with the same wanderer’s eye, a similar taste for the mundane rather than the popular attractions, and the will for a change of scenery and pace. The extract introducing the images online is translated here :
“Today, without leaving far behind our fireplace’s corner near which we relinquish our pipes and daydreams to find them almost still warm, without undergoing the heartrending wrench of actual departure, hoisting up our knapsacks, in hobnailed shoes, a sturdy walking stick in hand, breath steaming from our lips, heads full of imaginations, we set forth across fields to sleep in the large canopied beds of inns, to listen to birds under trees after the rain has stopped, and to look at peasant women on Sundays as they leave Mass through the church’s portico in their big white bonnets and their red ample petticoats, and what more? To tan our skins surely and perhaps even get lice?”
To view more of Fred’s work, please visit his website.