From her book Rithy, Chéa, Kim Sour et les autres
Born in 1967 in Paris, Laurence Leblanc began taking drawing and painting lessons at the Martenot School from the age of 9, before going on to learn engraving at the Ecole des Arts décoratifs at the Louvre. She chose photography as her medium, working first with DAL (Droit au logement, a French charity to help people find a roof to live) in 1993. She went on to collaborate with musicians Jacques Higelin and Peter Gabriel. She came to wider public attention in 1998, with an exhibition of photographs on the theme of chidhood in the Mois de la Photo event in Paris. The recipient of many awards, Laurence Leblanc has been represented by the Vu Agency since April 2001. In September 2001 the VU Gallery in Paris showed her exhibition "Rithy, Cléa, Kim Sour and the Others" and it is for this work that she has been selected as a 2003 laureate of the Fondation CCF pour la photographie.From www.agencevu.com
Laurence Leblanc's photography began as a dialogue with music, specifically that of Peter Gabriel. After leaving this field, she decided to explore the world of childhood in an effort to visualise subconscious feelings that pose a real challenge. She went to Cambodia, a nation where thirty percent of children are still born, a quarter of a century after the horror of the Khmer Rouge. With the traumatic experiences of this dramatic period being passed from mother to child and linked to this dramatic period, she managed to find a modest and sensitive way to connect us with this question. Then, she chronicled Cambodian women living in temples while developing a personal approach to colour. Her sensitive photography strongly stands witness as a powerful documentary medium.