The Spanish photographer Arnau Bach, who accompanied Peggy Hollinger to photograph Lilian Thuram and Franck Briffaut for FT's Life & Arts story 'What the legacy of France’s first black general tells us about the country’s identity' is no stranger to depicting the subject of multiculturalism in French society.
Bach shot his last project, “Capital”, in Marseille, once France’s portal to the African colonies. Arriving in December 2013, shortly after it has been designated the European Capital of Culture for 2014, he took pictures over nine months that showed a different side of the city.
“Marseille is a city of the most stunning colours,” Bach explained in an interview. “Yet life is very hard there. The city is poor and tough, dirty and sandy. I could see clearly on the faces of the people I portrayed the weight of their concerns.” © Arnau Bach