Under the banner of pure capitalism, the countries of the Gulf are inventing a new time, more and more rapid, increasingly oriented towards an imaginary future. Desert Spirit is a travel story that bears witness to a boundless extravaganza marked by skyscrapers, artificial islands, and gaudy billboards.
In Workers Emirates, Philippe Chancel focuses on the human figure of the foreign workers, modern slaves subjugated and used by a power that is almost invisible. Following the example of reportage, Philippe Chancel lays the foundations for a global reflection on this social issue, seeking to discover the implications of class relations in the near future. The appearance of a new type of mercenary certainly marks the beginning of a global economic war. With his work, Philippe Chancel questions the photographic image on its ability to still be able to say something, to still transmit the real.