A French film-maker, who is making a documentary about one of her nation's most famous ever photographers, will be visiting Derry this summer in the hope of finding some people here who may have met him.

Gilles Caron, who disappeared and was presumed killed in Cambodia in April 1970, visited Derry in the summer of 1969 where he took a series of iconic pictures of the Battle of the Bogside.
And now the film-maker Mariana Otero wants to track down some of the people whose images he captured.

Ms Otero, whose films have previously been nominated for prestigious French national awards, also lectures at universities on her work.

In advance of her visit to the city, Ms Otero has sent the Nerve Centre around thirty head shots, cropped from the Caron catalogue, of Derry people she would like to identify and interview.

Ms Otero would like anyone who recognises anyone - or indeed themselves - to contact the Nerve Centre, or alternatively the Derry News, with their details.

The Nerve Centre curated a massive exhibition of Gilles Caron's Bogside pictures for the Picturing Derry exhibition in 2013. And they have since organised three further exhibitions of his work in Derry and Donegal.

In 2016, a series of full colour images, taken by Gilles Caron were displayed at the Nerve Visual Gallery in Ebrington.

'Gilles Caron – In Colour 'included a remarkable series of 16 large colour prints of individuals caught up in the events of August 1969, that had never before been exhibited in Northern Ireland.

A further 16 smaller photographs and large wall graphics from Paris Match, detailing a five-page photo-story of Caron’s visit to the city during an intense period of rioting, were also featured.

The Nerve Centre have an ongoing partnership project with the Fondation Gilles Caron, following on from the success of the Picturing Derry exhibition during City of Culture 2013.

In 2014, the Fondation donated fifteen archival prints from the collection of Gilles Caron to the city.

Curator Declan Sheehan said: “Caron became a legendary figure in the field of photojournalism following his death in 1970, and is regarded as one of the greatest photographers to have covered The Troubles.

“From 1965 to 1970 he made iconic photographs of a series of wars and social conflicts across the globe, creating mesmerizing images of individuals in instances of public and private drama."

The photographs appeared in Monday's edition of the Derry News.

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