Every day, Fran¡ois-Marie Banier leaves home with his camera and no preconceived notions, just an interest in what the world looks like that morning. Surveying the street from his moped, he focuses on faces and figures bearing the marks of a life with the power to touch his viewers' emotions--a street cleaner with the demeanor of a heroic mythological warrior, lonely figures out for a stroll, passers-by, couples--all have lived through trials at which we can only guess. Banier's largely black-and-white work has been seen throughout Europe, including at the Centre Pompidou, and in Asia and Latin America. In addition to his work as a photographer, he is a novelist and playwright.
Gay Pride marches in Brussels, London, New York, Paris and Rome In these images, taken between 1994 and 2018, Banier (born 1947) not only captures the full glamorous spectrum of those parading--all the feathers, sequins and leather--but also, more importantly, the characters beneath the makeup and wigs.
François-Marie Banier's portraits of immigrants on the streets of Paris Produced at the size of a real passport and pairing Banier's photos with lyrical text fragments by Atiq Rahimi, Passport is a compassionate look at exile, "foreignness" and belonging.