Maxime Riché – Artist Talk

Maxime Riché © Fabien Fourcaud

Meet photographer Maxime Riché at his exhibition “PARADISE“ at Gutenbrunner Park.

Maxime Riché

Artist Talk at Gutenbrunner Park Baden with Q&A afterwards.
Free entry
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in cooperation with the Landesinnung der Berufsfotografie Niederösterreich.


It’s November 8th, 2018 in Butte County, California, USA. Camp Fire, the deadliest fire in the history of this American state, destroyed more than 620 sq. km of forest and 13,500 homes over 18 days. The city of Paradise, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, was utterly ravaged by the flames, which left 85 people dead and 4 missing from a population of 26,000.

Three years later, on July 13th 2021, the massive Dixie Fire tore through this same community. By the end of September when this fire was finally extinguished, it had caused the destruction of 1,300 homes, the death of a firefighter, and more than a billion dollars in material damages. 

Maxime Riché has returned again and againto the tragedy-stricken community of Butte and the Paradise area – a city whose name is a sad irony today. In this project, the French photographer bears witness less to the fires as such, and more to their aftermath. He shows us what happens when life continues – and it does, always, continue. Mehr…

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