Two childhood friends unexpectedly reunite on opposite sides of a demonstration in 1972.
This shits a tear jerker.
“The Photo of the 20th Century” for people from the Brittany region of France.
“If I had to choose one photo from the book La Bretagne des photographes, it would be the one taken by Jacques Gourmelen. For me, it is the region’s photo of the century. Its meaning is powerful: the aspiration to dignity. On April 6, 1972 in Saint-Brieuc, a town in Brittany, the workers from the company Joint Français went on strike. The CRS (French riot police) moved in. Face to face, are Guy Burmieux, a worker, and Jean-Yvon Antignac, a riot policeman. Jacques Gourmelen, the photographer, was covering local news for the newspaper Ouest-France. “I took the photo on instinct. Burniaux had recognized his old friend and classmate,” said the photographer to his colleague Véronique Constance, on the 40th anniversary of this legendary strike. “I saw him go toward his friend and grab him by the collar. He wept with rage and told him, ‘Go ahead and hit me while you’re at it!’ The other one didn’t move a muscle.”