Rémi Ochlik et Emilie Blachère

Rémi Ochlik et Emilie Blachère


I’ve never found it so difficult to write. My dictionaries are useless. I can already hear you saying, “Sweet Blachère.” So instead I made a list of everything I loved about you.

My angel, my love:

I loved it when you made lists of things you wanted, and you wanted a Harley Davidson, a loft, a 22,000-euro titanium Leica, and you would say to me, “What? You work at Paris Match, don’t you?”

I loved it when you called me Blachère, or Blacherounette, when you had something you wanted to ask me….




We were prepared for everything, except for the worst. Ochlik, I don’t know how I can go on without you. In Rome, you told me, “love is a weakness.” You were wrong. Today I feel strong. At Christmas you gave me a notebook and told me to, “write down the story of our lives and read it to our kids.” I promise that I will tell the story of that life we dreamed of so often, a life that I’m now going to have to live for two.

I’m not sure if you miss me, Ochlik. I miss you. Madly……”


Read it in full on Le Journal de la Photographie but better still listen to the author speak it in person on BBC Radio 4, ‘Broadcasting House’ which is available on BBC iPlayer here. It is at 54 mins in, but listen to the end, and to the presenter’s response.


The power of radio. The power of love.

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  • http://www.tonyhayesimages.com tonemeister

    I read it. Very moving. Haven’t listened to it yet. This story also appears in today’s Torygraph and the response of some of the bloggers to Paddy O’Connell’s emotion is cold (and one idiot even criticised Emilie’s English). I remember O’Connell as part of BBC World’s business news programmes (understudy to Richard Quest before be buggered off to CNN) back in the day. He also chairs debates at the Frontline Club. Always seemed a decent enough card to me. Got off topic there, methinks. Anyway, thanks for the link.

    • http://www.john.macpherson.btinternet.co.uk/about.html John Macpherson

      Hi Tony – there’s a cohort of forum users who are to be honest, just dim trollers whose lives are so vacuous they need to stimulate outrage to get their five minutes of fame. Best ignored in the greater scheme of things. Like it or loathe it, it was a moment of honesty, and thats becoming a rare commodity these days and should be welcomed when it manifests.

    • http://www.duckrabbit.info/members/duckrabbit/ duckrabbit

      Hi Tony,

      I know Paddy a little bit.

      Very decent man.

  • http://www.tonyhayesimages.com tonemeister

    John, agreed.

    Duck, I’ve never met Paddy but I’ve always had that impression about him.

  • http://www.rearcurtain.ca sabrina

    I had read the letter earlier and posted a link to it on my Tumblr mini-blog but it pales in comparison to Emilie reading it out loud and the response of the presenter. I shall add a link to this post to my original one. Thank you.

    • http://www.john.macpherson.btinternet.co.uk/about.html John Macpherson

      There’s something special about hearing the author reading. This is a good example, moving when you read it, profoundly so when hearing Emilie’s voice.