Those who have been ever been photographed by Jean Philipse know that he does not make connections with his camera, but with his eyes. He observes you.
Self-evident from the photographs in this book, it is striking that the majority of his subjects are watching him. They do not look into directly into the lens but they register with open eyes who is is photographing them. However, the relationship between the photographer and the photographed is still unequal.
Countries/regions visited: Madagascar, Benin, South Omoland, Namibia, Ethiopia, Cape Verde, Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe. 'It is extraordinary to see how such a reserved person as Jean Philipse can achieve, despite himself, the complete opposite of reserve in his photographic work. His photographs declare: I am not here; they are'.