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Photographer Takes Portraits Of Babies Seconds After Birth
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Photographer Takes Portraits Of Babies Seconds After Birth

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These photos of newborn infants by photographer Christian Berthelot taken mere seconds after their C-section deliveries may be difficult for some of our readers to look at, but that’s the point. His “Cesar” photo series shows us a raw and unflinching image of childbirth, discarding the usual blankets and ribbons for the blood and vernix that accompanied all of us when we were born.

When I saw [my son] for the first time, he was bloodied and covered in this white substance called vernix,” Berthelot told Huffpost “He was like a warrior who has just won his first battle, like an angel out of darkness.” It is from this perspective that his photos, while difficult to look at, gain a deeper and more beautiful meaning.

Fore more details about this gripping photo series, read on between the images. His series will be on display at the Circulation(s) festival in Paris until March 5th.

More info: christianberthelot.com | festival-circulations.com (h/t: huffpost, slate)

Leanne – 13 seconds after birth

Christian Berthelot’s interest in childbirth photography grew after he witnessed the birth of his own son.

Liza – 3 seconds after birth

With the help of Jean-Francois Morievnal, a doctor at the hospital where his son was born, he began the training required to allow him to take photos in the operating room.

Steven – 15 seconds after birth

Only after 6 months of training did he start looking for expectant mothers who would allow him to photograph the birth of their children.

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Kevin – 13 seconds after birth

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To date, Berthelot and Morievnal have photographer 40 C-section deliveries

Mael – 18 seconds after birth

Louann – 14 seconds after birth

Lize – 9 seconds after birth

Margaux – 7 seconds after birth

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Chloé – 11 seconds after birth

Romane – 8 seconds after birth

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KristinaReznikova
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wander what future they have ahead... And how the the photographer placed the light setup(as a photographer I wonder :D)

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm guessing he had an off camera flash set up, allowing him to use a fast enough shutter to darken the rest of the room/illuminate baby.

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wander what future they have ahead... And how the the photographer placed the light setup(as a photographer I wonder :D)

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SophieShaw
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm guessing he had an off camera flash set up, allowing him to use a fast enough shutter to darken the rest of the room/illuminate baby.

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