Bruno Boudjelal


Algeria, Scrapbooks

Between 1993 and 2003, Bruno Boudjelal has kept travel diaries about his repeated journeys to Algeria. Between travel diary and personal diary, these booklets show at the same time a personal experience and Algeria’s present reality.


The aim is not to show, nor to demonstrate. Neither is it to describe, to prove anything, to simplify a complicated situation, or to pretend to understand everything and to bring back perfect images. The aim is, before all, to take photographs in one of the countries where this is most difficult, almost impossible.
More importantly, the aim is to say plainly, clearly and with modesty how the life of an individual can cross the path of History. How an ordinary life, an act of identification, thoughts on photography can create the need to take pictures in Algeria, beyond the factual anecdotes.
Algeria, a black hole and the symbol of the French guilty conscience ; Algeria, a country of massacres, of missing persons, of devious policies and victimized people ; Algeria, also the country of his origins for Bruno Boudjelal, which he visited rather late in his life when his father went back to his birth country.