GabrielGauffre Gabriel Gauffre

I was born and raised in Paris, France. Following a Bachelor’s degree in sociology at University Paris 5 René Descartes, I decided to learn how to use photography to show the world as I see it. For me, context is everything. I constantly concentrate on the fact that the subject is part of a bigger picture, and bring this vital element within the frame. My first love and interest is protest photography, but I am gradually shifting to deeper projects. I have traveled a lot around Europe, and recently to the U.S., where my american accent surprises quite a lot of people (and makes them easier to photograph). I love my camera(s) like my own children, and I'll never share custody with anyone. I'm attracted to the uncanny, the weird, the strangely-familiar-but-foreign feeling that photographers experience in the making of their work. But more than anything else, I deeply love People. Every single human being is fascinating, a deep cave to be explored cautiously, with a camera in one hand and a sociology book in the other.

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Tiandoucheng: China's Fake Paris
Tiandoucheng
By Gabriel Gauffre
15 Nov 2014

In 2007, a massive project the likes of which can only be seen in China was set in motion: providing housing for 10,000 people in a suburb that copies the iconic architecture of Paris, France. Today, in 2014, even though most of the construction is finished, only 1500 people live in Tiandoucheng, a suburb of Hangzhou, Zhejiang, in South Eastern China.

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Pro Democracy protests in Hong Kong
hong kong
By Gabriel Gauffre
23 Oct 2014

A look at the historical protests that shook Hong Kong

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China's fake paris 15
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

A copy of the Versailles Garden of the Nativity dominates Tiandoucheng Park. The Palace itself, for which the original garden in Versailles was built, is missing.

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China's fake paris 10
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

Along with fruits and vegetables, cotton is grown in the fields around the Eiffel Tower.

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China's fake paris 11
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

Large decals cover up the glass doors of businesses that have yet to open.

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China's fake paris 12
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

The Eiffel Tower looks down the central avenue, leading down to the Tiandoucheng Gardens.

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China's fake paris 13
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

Aside from restaurants, most shops are usually devoid of customers.

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China's fake paris 14
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

A fake church sits at the center of the "French Hamlet," its cross out of proportion.

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China's fake paris 02
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

The Eiffel Tower in Tiandoucheng is one-third the size of the original in Paris.

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China's fake paris 03
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

Cotton from the fields around the miniature Eiffel Tower dries in the streets of Tiandoucheng.

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China's fake paris 04
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

Some shops look like they have started decaying without even being opened for business, like the Lavender Coffee Shop.

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China's fake paris 05
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

The entrance of the Tiandoucheng Park enacts a Neoclassical fantasy for visitors to China's "Fake Paris."

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China's fake paris 06
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

A theatre sits abandoned at the end of Tiandoucheng's copy of the Versailles Nativity Gardens.

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China's fake paris 07
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

Brides also get their photos taken in the "French Hamlet." The photography session is advertised to cost 50 yuan.

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China's fake paris 08
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

Apart from the scenery, nothing differentiates Tiandoucheng from any other Chinese residential community.

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China's fake paris 09
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

The Eiffel tower stands at the northern side of the community, with unfinished house units looming in the background.

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China's fake paris 01
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

Brides and grooms get their photos taken at the highest point in the park, overlooking the residential community modeled after Paris, France - complete with a miniature Eiffel Tower.

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Pro democracy protests in hong kong 24
Hong Kong
By Gabriel Gauffre
26 Oct 2014

Protestors sit on an otherwise busy road in the Admiralty area.

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Pro democracy protests in hong kong 21
Hong Kong
By Gabriel Gauffre
26 Oct 2014

A man claiming that he is a local tells an Australian journalist that his country has to pay for the financial costs of the protest, in the Mongkok area.

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Pro democracy protests in hong kong 22
Hong Kong
By Gabriel Gauffre
27 Oct 2014

Protestors control crowds by issuing safety warning and helping people move in an orderly fashion.

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Pro democracy protests in hong kong 17
Hong Kong
By Gabriel Gauffre
27 Oct 2014

Protestors sleep at one of the many distribution centers set up in the Admiralty area.

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Pro democracy protests in hong kong 13
Hong Kong
By Gabriel Gauffre
27 Oct 2014

A protestor looks at signs made behind the government HQ in the Admiralty district.

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Pro democracy protests in hong kong 19
Hong Kong
By Gabriel Gauffre
26 Oct 2014

Protestors were distributing water and other supplies, as well as providing medical attention to everyone present in the Admiralty area.

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Pro democracy protests in hong kong 20
Hong Kong
By Gabriel Gauffre
26 Oct 2014

A protestor reads a newspaper in the empty Admiralty area, in the early morning.

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Pro democracy protests in hong kong 11
Hong Kong
By Gabriel Gauffre
27 Oct 2014

Police officer keep guard at the Government HQ, facing protestors.

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Pro democracy protests in hong kong 12
Hong Kong
By Gabriel Gauffre
27 Oct 2014

Police officers relived from duty exit the Government HQ while protestors chant after the storm.

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Pro democracy protests in hong kong 15
Hong Kong
By Gabriel Gauffre
26 Oct 2014

A protestor films Joshua Wong as he gets ready to make a speech in front of the government HQ.

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Pro democracy protests in hong kong 06
Hong Kong
By Gabriel Gauffre
26 Oct 2014

Protestors set up charging stations in the Admiralty area so make the camp as self-sufficient as possible.

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Pro democracy protests in hong kong 10
Hong Kong
By Gabriel Gauffre
27 Oct 2014

A woman watches a live broadcast of the protests on her phone in the Hong Kong MTR.

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Pro democracy protests in hong kong 04
Hong Kong
By Gabriel Gauffre
26 Oct 2014

The camp was almost empty in early mornings in the Admiralty area.

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Pro democracy protests in hong kong 01
Hong Kong
By Gabriel Gauffre
26 Oct 2014

A storm hits the Admiralty area as protesters continue to press on for open elections in 2017.

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Pro democracy protests in hong kong 05
Hong Kong
By Gabriel Gauffre
27 Oct 2014

Protestors stand guard after sporadic violence in the Mongkok area.

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Pro democracy protests in hong kong 02
Hong Kong
By Gabriel Gauffre
27 Oct 2014

After the use tear gas and pepper spray, protestors geared up in front of the Government HQ.

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Pro democracy protests in hong kong 07
Hong Kong
By Gabriel Gauffre
26 Oct 2014

Protestors used bins and fences to set up barricades and block the streets in the Mongkok area.

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Hong Kong
By Gabriel Gauffre
26 Oct 2014

Umbrellas lay in the middle of a blocked road in the Mongkok area.