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José Hernández-Claire at the French Embassy

José Hernández-Claire at the French Embassy

Published on November 13, 2013

On the evening of November 7, the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France hosted the opening of José Hernández-Claire’s photography exhibit, called “Broken Roots—Illegal Immigration Into the U.S.”

The exhibit is part of FotoDC, formerly FotoWeekDC, an annual photography festival that is now in its 6th year. Among the guests at the opening was the photographer himself, who spoke of his fondness for France, his family roots in the country, and his encounters with prominent French photographers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Theo Adamstein, the founder of FotoDC, also attended the exhibition opening, which marked the Embassy’s first-ever participation in the festival.

The collection of photos in Mr. Hernández-Claire’s exhibit reflect the struggles and the perils of the immigrants who cross the border into the United States. He aimed to capture the reasons why many people decide to make the perilous journey across the border in pursuit of a better life.

Mr. Hernández-Claire’s work will be on display at La Maison Française, the Embassy’s cultural center, until December 12.

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