Everything is black, except for the light cast by an oil lamp. A chiaroscuro worthy of the paintings of Georges de la Tour, bringing three childish faces into the circle of light. A physician, seen from behind, is pressing a boy’s tongue with a spoon to examine his throat.
This country doctor is not the one immortalized in by W. Eugene Smith in Colorado, but a medical practitioner from the Department of Creuse, photographed by Jean-Philippe Charbonnier (1921–2004). This image is among forty prints showcased in the exhibition On the Edge, on view at Galerie Rouge until April 1.
For more information : On the Edge
Cover photo: Les bas, 1949 © Jean-Philippe Charbonnier Estate/Courtesy La Galerie Rouge.