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Entertainment Storm Alex: The view of the photojournalist Jean-Pierre Rey, Child of the country, exposed himself to Breil-sur-Roya

19:05  03 october  2021
19:05  03 october  2021 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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a year ago, the Storm Alex devastated the Alpes-Maritimes and the Roya Valley. The photojournalist Jean-Pierre Rey immortalized the damage, but also the inhabitants, the organization of relief and solidarity for a month. His photos are exposed until October 23rd at the Chapel of the mercy of Breil-sur-Roya.

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It is its valley, where it grew up. A devastated land a year ago by the Storm Alex, who ravaged the region. When he arrives on the spot, the photojournalist Jean-Pierre Rey does not come back and can not trigger his camera right away. "It was the Apocalypse," he said. But over the hours and days, his gaze finally captured. Thirty of his clichés are to be discovered in the Alex exhibition in the Roya, at the Chapel of the mercy of Breil-sur-Roya until October 23rd.

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for a month, Jean-Pierre Rey, who collaborated with Paris Match or Figaro Magazine, will make more than 3000 photos. "There was a lot of modesty and he had a lot of modesty to work" he says. "There are people who rejected me, who did not need that. And then others who did not stop talking, who told me their story and what happened".

The emotion of the victims

Thorough work to capture the drama, the disarray of the population, the difficulty for rescuers to work. And then there is also solidarity that emerged from the drama. A year later, the wounds are always open. The thirty photos exposed upsets the first visitors. "I have tears in my eyes. And I think it will make a lot of people who will come because it was so suddenly in addition, so shocking" explains a resident.

Photos are also offered for sale. The entire money raised money will be donated to the Town Hall of Breil-sur-Roya for the victims and the reconstruction of the municipality.

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