Winning the Poo

Working in a hospital inspired Belgian photographer Anne Charlotte Wouters to create beautiful portraits of people and their poo. Finding sitters wasn't easy.

Anne Charlotte Wouters.

It was watching a trainee nurse walk away from a badly-soiled patient that got Anne Charlotte Wouters thinking. She wondered how such a nice elderly lady could be shown so little compassion. Talking further to the staff at the hospital where she was being trained, she began to appreciate the power of the poo taboo.

Later, she picked ‘Les selles, un tabou emmerdant’ (Faeces, a shitty taboo) as the subject for her end-of-course project. To provide some interaction she asked her panel of assessors to match up pictures of people and poos. That exercise led her to create her book ‘Transit’. Here are some images from it.

book opened and showing a portrait of a man with his poo on the opposing page
Anne Charlotte Wouters

book opened and showing a portrait of a man with his poo on the opposing page
Anne Charlotte Wouters

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