The quirky, bold and insightful prism through which Alexis de Vilar views the world, is quite unlike any other photographer. His work is both a revelation and a celebration of the essence of what it means to be human and the spirit of place.

Christopher Rimmer, world famous Australian photographer
One day, a great man named Alexis de Vilar told me:
- " You know, anyway ... the most beautiful picture is the one you can not take ! "Since then, I look at the world as if I had missed a thing..."

Emmanuel Le Masson, French photographer
This heart-warming, poetic and beautifully photographed documentary follows international photographer Alexis de Vilar on a journey to present an intimate portrayal of what will be a true African success story: The Great Green Wall project. We follow him and his camera as he makes a remarkable journey of discovery along this magnificent natural defense system.

Alex Tweddle, producer / director Angry Man Films, UK. Upon shooting in Morocco for the BBC the documentary through a lens
His images transport us and touch us, true works of art changed into something eternal, on a canvas that gives rise to emotions which go beyond two dimensions until they acquire an ethical and aesthetic presence of unequaled value. Day to day photographs, touching landscapes, traditional tribes, faces, and amazing and heartwarming values, behind the lens. A true hero of the XXth and XXst centuries, the “Cousteau of the Earth”, exactly how he was called by the celebrated Parisian editor Robert Laffont in 1992. His active and generous fight in favor of the last traditional peoples have forced him to wage battles with unending energy against policies and economic interests from the highest levels of government. Because Alexis de Vilar is one of those activists that does not cease and continues to fight injustice, he denounces them and can claim honesty and a clean conscience.

It was in June 2007 that I first met Alexis de Vilar in Saint Louis, Sénégal. I met the man before I knew his work. He struck me as warm, a bon-vivant, a slightly hedonistic epicurean. In Saint-Louis it was quite clear that he was on a grand voyage, and I was impressed by the diversity of his projects. This longing, this search for a lost Paradise is what we find in his photographs. Alexis prefers to work in black and white, using a traditional « silvered » technique in which he finds a poetry that fits with his desire to show only what is beautiful on Earth. Alexis de Vilar is not documenting. He is proposing his vision of Paradise as sole resident, before transporting us there.

Gilles Walusinski photographer, vice-président at the JEU DE PAUME, Paris.
Following in the footsteps of the painter Paul Gauguin, another exile from his own time and society, and with whom he shares, moreover, an admiration for the female beauty, Alexis de Vilar offers a view of life that reflects other dimensions and other parameters. There's no doubt that as an author, he is cursed with all the anguish that that entails - not only in a literary context but also in the context of his photographic work, although the latter has become extraordinarily valued by collectors. But like Gauguin, Alexis de Vilar's work brings us a special light, a glow. His one way voyage implies a painful path, from the initial process towards direct experience, the only way that allows an understanding of civilizations and cultures so removed from our own. I don't think I'm mistaken in saying that, in his madness, Alexis de Vilar means to stop time, and thereby, oh what a challenge, to trump eternity.

Jaume Soler i de Magriña, Art historian at the National Contemporary Museum (MNAC).