NOOR - Unbreathable
Maxime Matthys is a Belgian photojournalist specialized in documentary stories and based in Paris. He integrated the photography school of Toulouse before moving to Brighton. He then followed a photojournalist formation at the EMI-CFD school in Paris. He has covered multiple demonstrations in France, worked on the homelessness situation in Brighton, daily life in french ZAD (zone to defend) but also been selected to undertake a residency and to photograph people in exclusion situations. He is mostly focusing on social issues around the world, especially the ones affecting human rights.
In France, more than 40 000 persons are dying each year, because of the air pollution and especially fine particles. In the world, it’s representing 7 millions of people dying each year, the OMS said.
I’ve decided to document the air pollution in big cities. Starting with Paris, I’ve begun this project by photographing the buildings located in front of the Parisian ring road, and their occupant. They are exposed 365 days a year to very high level of one particles and other pollutants, and most of them suffer from allergies, asthma and other illnesses. Work in progress.