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A Storm at La Jument

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At the edge of Iroise Sea stands a lighthouse. The waters off the coast of Brittany are among the most dangerous in Europe, and it claimed over thirty ships between 1888 and 1904, when construction began of the lighthouse. It took seven years to finish because of the harsh storms.

On 21st December 1989, Jean Guichard traveled to the lighthouse in a helicopter when such a storm broke out. Guichard was a celebrated photographer of maritime heritage around France and decided to take photos of the lighthouse during the storm. Inside, the lighthouse keeper Théodore Malgorn was waiting to be rescued, and thought Guichard’s helicopter was his rescue helicopter.

He hurried downstairs to open the door — a moment which coincided with a giant wave enveloping the lighthouse. Malgorn rushed back inside and managed to close the door, and Guichard took a series of seven photos that became instantly famous. They sold over one million copies in poster print and earned him the World Press Photo award.

Two years later, automation came to Breton lighthouses; La Jument’s keeper was retired 1991.

Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

December 17, 2013 at 3:19 am

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  1. Reblogged this on Santiago Pérez Malvido.

    Santiago Pérez

    December 17, 2013 at 7:14 am

  2. What happen with the keeper. Did arrive an helicopter for him? or wasn’t necessary.


    December 17, 2013 at 1:41 pm

  3. I live a few miles from this place
    Thanks for sharing


    December 17, 2013 at 5:54 pm

  4. Amazing photo, it feels like being there…

    The Underestimator

    December 18, 2013 at 8:34 am

  5. Something very wrong with this. One guy, doing a dangerous job in a dangerous place. Another guy shows up to take a picture for folks who sit around and look at pictures, and endangers himself and the guy doing the work. Yeah, a striking photo. Not worth it. Jean Guichard should’ve stayed home.

    Sox The Cat

    December 20, 2013 at 3:57 am

    • Thank god there are still rugged people with the spirit to forge ahead and take chances in the face of danger rather than turn tail and run the moment things get rough.

      Chuck Long

      December 20, 2013 at 5:17 am

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  8. I’ve always felt exhilarated by the amazing photo and now after reading the story behind it makes it more interesting. Great work !

    Kris Cam

    October 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm

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