11 December 2013
The Swiss photographer Andri Pol spent a year in close contact with the scientists who run the particle accelerator at CERN in Geneva. He went to the canteen with them, shared their breaks in the corridors, observed them while they played ping-pong or challenged one another in balancing acts in the garden. The result is Inside CERN, a vivid and many-voiced account of the life of this group of researchers, caught in their moments of greatest humanity. Rolf Heuer, the director general of CERN, gave Pol the maximum of freedom, allowing him to become an invisible presence and go anywhere. And so, thanks to the familiar slant of his pictures, we are catapulted into a world made up of Jolly Rogers, offices filled with colored balloons and blackboards on which children’s drawings are jumbled up with mathematical formulae. At the end of this long journey, we too feel ourselves to be part of the nuclear giant’s life. Brilliant. Brought out by Lars Müller Publishers.