Photographs and texts by William Klein, Alexis Cordesse, Jean-Louis Courtinat, Sarah Moon, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Paolo Roversi, Jane Evelyn Atwood, Marc Riboud, Marie-Paule Nègre, Michel Vanden Eeckhoudt, Joël Robine and Jacques Grison
Bouna and Zyed, two boys from the projects in Clichy sous Bois, a ghetto-like suburb of Paris, died electrocuted on October 27, 2005, when the teens ran into a power station while trying to run away from the police. The tragic event unleashed the most important wave of urban violence France has ever known. Media coverage of the violence was unprecedented, and the government declared a state of emergency. Since then, the town of Clichy sous Bois has had an unsavory image, and life in the projects has been believed to be both tough and dangerous.
In Clichy sans Cliché, twelve renowned photographers offer a different image of the town, one that is more in phase with reality and more comprehensive, as it ignores neither the hardship, nor the joy.