The Monks of Solesmes

PhotographerArnaud Finistre
Prize3rd Place in Editorial / Other_ED
CompanyHans Lucas
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 represented by Hans Lucas. After a close collaboration with a regional daily newspaper he has covered international news and 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, Liberation and Paris-Match. But what he appreciate more than anything is to be able to realize subjects in immersion. The photo serie Rohingyas was realised on assignment for international NGO M?decins du Monde.