“There is no story. It’s just a question of shapes and light.” Harry Gruyaert, Magnum
Photojournalism and documentary photography is about conveying an interpreted story through a single image, or a curated portfolio. But as Harry Gruyaert, the brilliant Magnum photographer says, sometimes there is no story. These images, taken on the streets of Paris are just that, a question of shapes and light – nothing more.
You of course can interpret what you wish, and they do express a view of how life is in Paris in the 21st Century – after all, photojournalism is as much about inferring a story from the photograph, after the event, as much about building a narrative when we edit retrospectively.
We all receive our messages differently, we often miss the truth of an image. But light and form never lie.