Photographer Marc Garanger speaks about his controversial 1960 portraits of Algerian women "Femme Algérienne", shot between 1960—62, under French Army orders, for French identity cards given to Algerians during their mid-20th Century War of Independence.

Garanger forced the women to show their faces in public, often for the first time, turning an act of cultural imperialism into a raw depiction of beauty and sublime dignity. Garanger returned to Algeria four decades later to foster a discussion within the same communities around these photographs.

Marc Garanger is the recipient of the inaugural New York Photo Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.

Directed and Edited by Sebastien Cros
Sound and Music by Johann Levasseur
Production UKOSO 2010

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