Algeria, photographic chronicle, 1990-1995

Ammar Bouras

Éditions Barzakh




From 1989 to 1995, Ammar Bouras worked as a photojournalist for the newspaper Alger républicain while studying at the Beaux-Arts (School of Fine Arts). With a silver camera, he photographed in black and white, especially in Algiers, the daily life of the “black decade”: demonstrations, marches, meetings, strikes, editorial conferences, funerals, but also sports events, fashion shows, dance classes, parties... A testimony of a book, a book of fear and grace.  

“The photo is in the negative, it's there. It's a moment of history”, says Ammar Bouras. Triggering the shutter to create an image – even a blurred one – means that you won't be perpetually paralysed by violence. It's a gesture of resistance. And the day we can look photography in the face is today”. 

A contemporary artist born in 1964, Ammar Bouras graduated from the Beaux-Arts (School of Fine Arts) in Algiers in visual communication (1989) then in painting (1994). He teaches photography there since 1995. He expresses himself through painting, photography and installation. He is also a composer. His works, marked by the hybridization and crossing of techniques, include Stridences-Sang CommentaireUn aller simpleSerment... His works are exhibited in Asia, Africa and the Arab world.