Pinky Promise.
Photographs by Pierre Croquet de Rosemond. Edited by Law-Viljoen.
Hatje Cantz, 2011. 350 pp., 120 illustrations, 50 in color, 9½x11¾".

Publisher's Description
In his last photo project, Pierre Crocquet (*1971 in Cape Town) produced sensitive psychological studies of a small multicultural community in South Africa. Now, he focuses on a no less explosive psychological detail, carefully feeling his way through places where old wounds were once incurred, examining the experience of child abuse with his camera. Without passing judgment, his pictures capture the suffering of the victim as well as the loneliness of the perpetrator. Remembering reveals trauma and healing on both sides. Both victim and abuser share a secret—a constrained promise of silence, symbolized by the linking of little fingers: the Pinky Promise. The act of abuse is frozen in history; it is not permitted to melt away but remains crystallized in eternity. Thus, contemporary scenes are in black and white, while personal documents, such as a family album, are lit up in brilliant colors.


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