Voir la Mer (a film about and photographs of the first time people see the sea)


The participants covered their eyes and only when they reached the sea’s edge they opened them

Voir la Mer means “to see the sea”. Artist Sophie Calle found people in Istanbul who had never seen the sea before, then took 15 people of all ages, from kids to one man in his 80s, to see it for the first time. Sophie only took photographs of each person’s back but captured the whole process on video, including their facial reaction as they turned around.


Sophie Calle's best shot - an Turkish man seeing the sea for the first timeImage