Monday, 17 January 2011

Gaël Turine: Voodoo

Photo © Gael Turine-All Rights Reserved
This is not for the fainthearted.

Gaël Turine is a Belgian photojournalist with the Agence VU, who studied photography in Brussels. He was a staff photographer for l'Express magazine, and a frequent contributor to Libération, Le Monde and The New York Times. Since 1998, he has been frequently recognized with awards and grants, and his photographs shown in most of Europe's cultural capital cities.

Between the years 2005 and 2010, Gaël Turine documented several Voodoo ceremonies, pilgrimages and rituals in various locations, such as in Haiti, Benin and the United States.

Voodoo was created by African slaves brought to Haiti in the 16th century who, when forced by their enslavers to adopt the Christian religion, still followed their traditional beliefs by merging them with the beliefs and practices associated with Roman Catholic Christianity. It was declared the official religion of Haiti in 2003.

Not only are Gael's black & white photographs gripping in their intensity, but they are shown large sized on his Flash-based website, which adds to their impact. One can also view the images as they appear on Gael's book Voodoo.

These are amongst the best photographs of voodoo rituals I've seen.