Crépus is an on-going photo series on Black hair of Black people in France. I’ve started this series back in 2019, everything began with a global project on Racism I'm still working on, with different lines of research.
A short film I've directed called "The Orange child", it deals with the vision of racism through the eyes of a Black child and about the stereotypes in the cinema and video game industry in France which led me to start creating my own short video game with a Black hero.
While I was working on these two projects, I've kept hearing about Black people getting fired because of their hairstyle.That was the starting point of this photo series, I needed to celebrate Black hair.
My name is Alexandre Desane, I was born in France, of Haitian parents, Frizzy hair is obviously part of my everyday life. I chose on purpose to shoot Black people outside, within the city, I don’t want no studio, no extra lighting. The series is exclusively shot in Black & White film with a Street photography approach. It’s important to me to show Black hair in everyday life on women, men, and children...
Crépus is a celebration of the uniqueness of Black hair.