With Gypsies, photographer Patrick Cariou and writer and filmmaker Guy-Laurent Winterstein retrace the migration of the Rom people (the Gypsies’ own term for themselves) from northern to southern Europe, the Middle East, and ultimately to India, the home of their ancestors. The original journey was an epic, thousand-year odyssey and Cariou and Winterstein have labored more than a decade to retrace it.
Cariou, a self taught anthropologist and a professional and award-winning documentary, portrait, and fine art photographer harbors a lifelong, passionate fascination with outlaws and renegades and an equal ability to earn their trust and respect.
Cariou’s images reveal the diversity of ethnic types to be found in this global tribe; from the dark-eyed, ringlet haired stereotypical “Gypsy types” in Northern Europe, who seem to display clearly their Indian heritage, to blond, blue-eyed children in Afghanistan, much nearer to the source of origin, who nonetheless have distinctly Caucasian features. These people, scattered far and wide, are a family, bound together by centuries of history and generations of survival.