TOKYO-2019 People / Portrait

The Damned of The Earth

  • Prize
    Gold in People/Portrait, 1st Place winner in People
  • Photographer
    Julien De Wilde
  • Agency / Studio
    Julien De Wilde
  • Photo Date
    August 2019

Under a burning sun and feet in the mud, for hours, we see them working far in the rice fields. With heat and light, you can hardly see their silhouettes. Their faces and bodies are completely covered. One might think they have no identity. Who are they ? How old are they, what is their story? Impossible to know who is under the hood. Let's go out to meet those damned of the earth, who sacrifice themselves, like angels, to offer us rice on our plates.

Julien de Wilde is a Belgian photographer and filmmaker who shares his time between Belgium and Thailand. His work is focused on self-inquiry and introspection, full of sensitivity and truth. Go to the essential, without detour or artifice. Do not pretend, just be. His work in black and white, dense and deep is an invitation to dive into ourselves.