Camille Lepage, 26-year-old French photojournalist who had spent months documenting deadly conflict in Central African Republic has been killed, the French presidency said this week. She was a freelance photographer whose work was published in major French and American newspapers. But talking about her and her essence – she was courage and a spark – of hope, compassion, love.
Lepage worked in South Sudan before moving to Central African Republic. In an interview with the photography blog PetaPixel, she said she was drawn to covering forgotten conflicts.
“I want the viewers to feel what the people are going through. I’d like them to empathize with them as human beings, rather than seeing them as another bunch of Africans suffering from war somewhere in this dark continent,” she said. “I wish they think: `Why on Earth are those people in living hell; why don’t we know about it and why is no one doing anything?’ I would like the viewers to be ashamed of their government for knowing about it without doing anything to make it end.”
Today, with this sad news, I wish to post a part of her photo essay from South Sudan – Vanishing Youth (she, in a way – dying at the age 0f 26, belongs to that vanished youth now too). Still, her life had a meaning, a huge one, and I post this to keep her mission alive. Thank you for all your efforts, Camille.
To see more of Lepage’s work, visit her website.
Keep her alive by respecting her work, sharing it and – acting on it.