The Monks of Solesmes

PhotographerArnaud Finistre
Prize3rd Place in Editorial / Other_ED
City/CountryDIJON, France
Photo DateMAY 2016
Entry Description

High-place of Gregorian chant in the world, the Abbey of Solesmes, founded in the 11th century, is home to around fifty monks who continue to live according to the rule of Saint Benedict. Their life is punctuated by prayer, manual labor and the study of lithurgy. Every day, seven offices are celebrated in Latin. Having taken vows of poverty, the monks live in autarky. They cultivate their vegetable garden and make their own bread, clothes and sandals.

About Photographer

Arnaud Finistre is a freelance professional photographer from 2011. He was born in 1975 and started working as a photographer in 2006. After a close collaboration with a regional daily newspaper, he joined the Abaca press agency to cover international news. He has produced a long-term work on the stigma of the war in Libya but also in India with excluded people from the growth. He regularly collaborates with French newspapers and magazines such as Le Monde, Libération and Paris-Match. But what he appreciates more than anything is to be able to realize subjects in immersion. He joined Hans Lucas studio in 2017. He also teaches photojournalism at the university of Burgundy.