Yann Macherez is a documentary photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa. He draws inspiration from the humanist photography movement, bringing human to the forefront in each of photographs using a process that requires courage, humility and sensitivity. Accordingly, Yann believes that the medium of photography has the power to show the nobility of the common man and engender a new sense of compassion and mutual understanding.
By trusting his intuition, he captures simple everyday moments and continuously strives to find that extra sentiment in the ordinary, revealing the beauty of our humanity.
Today-Project is a humanist photo project that brings to light the beauty and diversity of our world by focusing on several cities, all around the planet.
“For 24 hours, I devote myself to the rhythm and movement of one city, documenting its identity.
The idea is itself simple: One city | One day | 24 photos
Our world is changing rapidly. Through this inevitable process, the world’s cultural colors are fading and extraordinary identities are on the brink of being lost. This is a global issue and a result of many escalating factors, including industrialization, globalization, mass tourism and cultural saturation led by the increasing predominance of Internet. Together, this sees a homogenization of the originally diverse cultures of this world. In this fast moving society, where many are in search of their own identity, it feels important for me to encourage people to find pride in their cultural heritage and celebrate diversity.
I believe that by showing the world through the eyes of « the other » , we understand and cherish the heritage of our world more. An assessment of our profound bounds , An apology of our difference. And the biggest revelation could be, that it may even teach us about ourselves, about our planet and – most importantly of all – how to look after it for generations to come.”
« The world is very big and full of magnificent places which it would take more than a thousand lives to visit – Escape – Find better a little further – Zanzibar is calling »
It is after reading these few lines from Arthur Rimbaud’s correspondence that I decided to dive into the secrets of this mythical town. Growing myself on an island, Reunion Island, I was quite intrigued to see what defines our identity – as islanders – and how it evolves in this fast moving society. On August 16th, 2016, I released Today/StoneTown, a visual journey through time and space, in this Indian Ocean’s jewel.