Moshé - A Photographic Portrait by Sandrine Lopez
Sandrine Lopez (born Bordeaux, 1982) is a photographer who lives in Brussels. One evening, she passes an old man, Moshé, in the street dressed as a rabbi. She stops him and asks if she can photograph him. He accepts, and shyly asks if she will give him a bath in exchange. For two years, they met at his home once a week.
“This is not just a collection of photographs. Let’s go further: this is something completely different and much more than an individual project. Moshé reveals nothing, tells nothing, makes no claim at any time. It is an experience, an ascetic event, a fumbling in the night of worlds. Moshé would be that perhaps: an endlessly repeated questioning. A blinking look, between curiosity and terror, at the depths of the being. But also at the nameless power that holds him upright before us, in flesh and spirit. Horribly exposed, tragically fragile. And yet he is present, intensely so, in spite of the problems, hardships, disasters and looks” (Christophe Van Rossom).