French Court Mandates Removal of Yan Morvan’s Latest Photobook on Gang Life

Courtesy of Yan Morvan. Blurring for legal reasons courtesy of BJP.

Courtesy of Yan Morvan. Blurring for legal reasons courtesy of BJP.

Yan Morvan is a storied photographer with tales from the darkest corners of French society. Having photographed French gang life for nearly forty years, Morvan’s lens has seen things most wouldn’t be able to even under the most exceptional circumstances. An interesting piece of French law, however, has brought “Gangs Story”, Morvan’s latest book, under fire. Petit Mathieu, one of the gang members featured in Gangs Story, sued Morvan over his portrait and won the case. The right to control your own image trumped Morvan’s work as a photographer. Continue reading…