Born in 1963, Antoine Schneck lives in Paris. Since the start portrait has appealed to him. His work developed in series, over the course of journeys, desires, projects, always a meeting. In 2007, Antoine Schneck went to Burkina Faso to stay in a small village. He came back with more than 300 portraits. He then went on to do series in China and India, then latterly in Mali. Sitting on a chair in a white fabric tent, the subject stands out against a black background whilst Antoine Schneck, invisible, operates from the outside, a hole in the fabric with space for his camera lens. Detached from their bodies, without any accessories, these faces from the end of the earth have the brute, expressive strength of a mask with a human dimension in addition.