Nassim Rouchiche

Nassim Rouchiche is an Algerian photographer and I first came across his work on LensCulture. His project entitled Ça va waka is about illegal immigrants. The way in which he has photographed the immigrants reveals their fragile and undocumented status in society.

Subjects appear transparent illustrating the precariousness and fragility of their world but also the fact that they are invisible to the society around them.


Rouchiche uses long exposure to photograph all his subjects rendering them almost transparent in their makeshift homes or rooms. In some of the images, one has to look very carefully to find the illegal immigrant, a metaphor for how they blend daily into society unseen. The immigrants are mere traces, while their belongings and surroundings have more permanency. The use of black and white is visually appealing, creating a stronger documentary type narrative than a colour set of images. My favourite image has to be the first in the series. A transparent figure lying prone on a bed, partially covered by a blanket. The subject’s clothing blends so well with the patterns of the blankets on the bed that it is almost impossible to discern him. The shoes lying beside the bed create the impetus to search further, because don’t we all put our shoes or slippers next to our beds when we sleep? I find Rouchiche’s techiques extremely interesting and of particular interest and value to my research for assignment 2.

Reference List

Rouchiche, Nassim (2015). Ça va waka [online]. Available from: [Accessed 5 September, 2015]


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