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Isabelle Mège, fotografada por Fouad Elkoury, Paris, 2003

In May of this year, in his living room in the Marais, the same room in which, in 2003, he had taken the photograph of Mège, Elkoury said that he had been surprised I had contacted him with a specific interest in that one image, which he has never exhibited or spoken about. It’s a dramatic, shadowy black-and-white portrait, in which Mège, dressed in black, sits in a chair, staring at the camera above her. He had agreed to her request because, he said, “I could tell this project came from an obsessive mind, this strange project of being photographed by photographers she liked—not those she thought were famous, but those she liked.” When they eventually met, he had been taken aback. “She was very ordinary, a very normal-seeming person. I had thought, based on her letter, that she might be unusual.”

Anna Heyward, The New Yorker, aqui