Samuel Bollendorff


Supported by agnès b.

Lake Biwa Canal Museum

© Samuel Bollendorff

© Samuel Bollendorff

© Samuel Bollendorff

Born in 1974, photojournalist. He was a member of the Œil Public agency from 1999 until its closure in 2010. At the Louis Lumière school, he mastered the technical side of photography and developed an eye for observation at the Fine Arts School of Paris with his art history education. He began working as a freelance press photographer and mastered his documentary photography style. Bollendorff offers a social perspective on French institutions such as hospitals, schools, prisons, and the police. He also addresses issues like environmental pollution. Traveling the world in 2018, he created the work “Contaminations.” Through his work in “Contaminations”, he shares industrial pollution which, has left immense areas uninhabitable for life. He takes us on a world tour of the places contaminated by humans in the 21st century, where entire swathes of the planet are lost for generations to come.

“A dead river for six hundred and fifty kilometers, deformed fish, radioactive forests, children born without eyes, nuclear waste trafficking, falsified reports by corrupted states, plastic waste adrift in the middle of an ocean that has become the first link in a degenerate food chain. How did we let this happen?” “An estimated eight million tons of plastic are dumped into the oceans every year. This is the equivalent of one dump truck per minute. Household waste, synthetic fishing nets, ‘mermaid tears’ – microbeads used in industries – and many, many single-use plastics that will contaminate rivers and oceans for centuries to come. Most of them are ingested by fish, slowing down their growth and reproduction, and disrupting the entire food chain. Whether at sea or on land, it is difficult to find a place without plastic.”

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