Marguerite Duras
– photographs by
Hélène Bamberger
at Djurgårdsbrunn

August 18, 2007

Hélène Bamberger took photographs of Marguerite Duras (1914-1996) during the summers they spent together at Trouville from 1980 to 1994. These images tell the story of Duras and depict her places, her worktable, her room, the skies of Normandy, Yann Andréa…

“When I first met Marguerite, I had never read any Duras. It was only afterwards that I read her. We got on so well right from the very beginning; we started our road trips in my father’s car, a rusty old Peugeot. I was the one who drove during the summer of 1980; in the years that followed it was Yann. We would go wherever she wanted. Each place had a different name and a story of its own: the bridge at Tancarville crossed the Mekong; the salt-meadows became rice-fields; we drove through “the forests of Canada”…I took photos from the start; often she would direct my efforts and on occasion would put herself in the frame. Before I got to know her, the idea of photographing a landscape would never have entered my head, much less a puddle of water.”
Hélène Bamberger


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