Since « Sasha », i.e. the series she dedicated to her daughter and the gateway between childhood and adolescence and then to young woman, which series was on intimist and dreamlike modes, close to a
fairy tale, Claudine Doury keeps questioning adolescence, i.e. this intervening period of age, body and time, both fragile and violent.
Whereas men would only fleetingly appear as an extra, in her previous pictures, this time they are at the heart of « The New Man » which is a series entirely made in St Petersburg. This series echoes both the revolutionary imperative of Bolshevism of course and also this moment of slough and transformation when the adolescent boy hatches into a man.This is an intervening period, the crossing of a border, a real metamorphosis. The artist keeps on trying to capture and decode this moment so special and unique of a crisis and the coming to oneself.
By doing so, she questions both the male identity – what does becoming a man really mean ? And becoming a man in Russia i.e. in a changing country, which is completely different from the former USSR at
the time of cold war and iron curtains ? – and also and maybe more radically she positions herself like awoman who dares at last to look at men.
As men have always done, during centuries, no matter what their age and most evidently with women. […]
Dominique Baqué
La Galerie Particulière
Hors Collection
220 x 335
Relié couverture cartonnée et toilée
33 photos colors
72 pages
ISBN : 978-2-35046-400-8
Press review
Specila edition of 30 numbered accompanied by a photographic print signed by * Claudine Doury.
* Selectable between two photographs, each taken 15 copies (print format 18 x 24 cm)
  • L’homme nouveau
    Photo #1
  • L’homme nouveau
    Photo #2

Claudine Doury


Claudine Doury is a photographer born in Blois and living in Paris. She received the Leica Oscar Barnack award in 1999, the World Press in 2000 and the Prix Niepce for her entire work in 2004. Her first monograph, Peuples de Sibérie, was published in 1999. Since then she has published Artek, un été en Crimée (2004), Loulan Beauty (2007) and Sasha (2011).

Claudine Doury is represented by La Galerie Particulière in Paris, Box Galerie in Brussels, and she is a member of VU agency.