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Dealing with it – a glimpse inside the world of carers in France and those they care for
This series of photographs came about after a meeting with a team of researchers who have worked for ten years in the area of family and professional care for elderly dependant people, writes photographer Jean-Robert Dantou. They were seeking to understand how society responds when faced with a person who, on their own, could not survive. Friends, families, professionals, retirement homes, charities, local authorities: who intervenes and how? The choice of photographs was made in tandem with the researchers; first to show groups of carers, though care is most of the time organised as a series of hand-overs to the next person; then to show families and professionals together. Finally the idea was to photograph the places where people lived to give the full picture of how the care world operates. These photographs are the result of a compromise between my point of view and those of the people photographed; what I portray is their perception of collective care that they have agreed to show me. This portfolio of work was shown at the publication of the book Le Salaire de la confiance ('The wages of trust').
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