Laurène Becquart

Documentary Photography

Books

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Woman Beings

That self-designed and self-published photobook tells diverse stories shared by women who have faced street harassement and other sexist situations, either in London or in their country of birth. They have also shared their opinions and comments about concepts of sexism and feminity in today’s societies. While I was studying in London, I realised that project within 3 months in order to explore the reality of day-to-day sexism, faced by those women, and compare it to the biased and stereotypical representation of street harassment and its impact on women’s lives in some people’s discourses, in media, on the internet, etc. Therefore all the comments written in uppercase within the book before each story are actually real remarks, either heard during casual conversations or published on public chats. They are then put into perspective with the real individual experiences faced by the project’s participants. So that book is not simply about street harassment but it also focuses on the way women can respond to it, the way they try to build their own feminine identity and behave (differently or not) in public and private spaces.

I’ll be there (now, in a minute)

The self-designed and self-published photobook was created within the framework of an overall collaborative project run by 12 international and British photographers (from The University of Westminster Documentary Photography course), the “Port Talbot Photo Project”. Port Talbot is a Welsh town mainly known for its steelworks that has been threatened to be shut down several times within the past few years. Such issue has received wide national media coverage since then. However, the “Port Talbot Photo Project” intends to sift deeper than conventional media coverage by investigating diverse social, cultural and human issues in the community and town.

“I’ll be there (now, in a minute)” explores a sample of the town’s youngsters to question them about their life, dreams and hobbies by getting into their private space. In this way it put their discourses and personalities into perspective with the identity of the current young generation, dubbed Generation Z. It attempts to challenge the common image of lazy and individualistic young people, indifferent to any interaction and to the future. In fact, present-day teenagers actually seem quite resourceful and optimistic, and still give a certain significance to sociability and social groups to build their self-identity.

Visual examples of the photobook final design (double-spread, fold-out pages) :

GROUP

GROUP is a collaborative self-published magazine issue about the omnipresence of sugar within our lives, our diet, our adverts and its impact on the body, society and public opinion. It is a subversive and original publication that scrutinizes an apparent everyday product by showing its bright surface and then uncovering its darkest sides, as sugar is very multidimensional. That is a final product realised from scratch by a group of 6 photographers, writers and designers: all shaped the publication’s concept, ethos and identity, found stories to share, conducted interviews, wrote articles, took photographs. Named as the leading designer, I coordinated all the layout and design of the publication by working in pairs with one of my collaborators. I also contributed with some written pieces, interviews and photographic content.