The expression tableau de chasse can refer to the number of animals shot while hunting, grouped by species (“a bag”), or a tally of successes, often in reference to the victories of military pilots or a man’s feminine conquests. The word tableau also means “painting”.
In 1989 Gilles Saussier covered the Romanian revolution for the Gamma photo agency. Fifteen years later he returned to Timisoara to undertake a reinterpretation of his news images and to draw connections between the events of 1989 and the country’s more distant past and present situation. Le Tableau de chasse is not only a vigorous critique of photojournalism but also a meditation on art and on death, on history as told by those in power and on the memory of those without a voice.