In the winter of 2002, I began documenting the lives and emotions of French family farmers living in the Forez region, where I was born. I traveled to the lesser-known parts of this bucolic land, where I felt inspired by the silence I found and moved by the authenticity and charisma of the people I encountered. The more I saw, the more I wanted to immerse myself in their lives and reveal their hidden nature. This body of work is, to me, a meditation on the silence and solitude that seem ever-present in our lives.
Christophe Agou is a French photographer based in New York. Most recently, his work has been exhibited at the Museum of Art Pilar & Joan Miro, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. You can see more of his work in photography on his Web site.
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