Stéphanie Solinas

Dominique Lambert is a common French name and the name chosen by French photographer Stéphanie Solinas for her project on identity. Lambert is apparently the 27th most common family name in France, and Dominique is the most common gender-neutral name in France. 

Starting there, Solinas reached out to real people whose names are Dominique Lambert.

She then photographed each Dominique Lambert.

Working with police investigators, she commissioned written descriptions of the subjects based on their photographs. Then she had character sketches drawn based on those descriptions.

She then tracked down people who looked like the character sketches and photographed the lookalikes - i.e. the suspects, people thought to be a person of interest - i.e. Dominique Lambert.

The portraits of the suspects were the focus of the Dominique Lambert exhibition.

Portraits of the real-life Dominique Lamberts remained unseen, under glass.

Identity is powerful and easily manipulated. One of the best art exhibits that I've experienced.

Written descriptions of Dominique Lamberts - based on their actual photographs.

Police sketches based on written descriptions of the Dominique Lamberts.

Composite sketches based on police sketches based on written descriptions of the actual Dominique Lamberts.

People thought to be Dominique Lambert - i.e. people who look like the composite sketches but who aren't actually Dominique Lambert.

The real Dominique Lamberts remain unseen.

Recreation of the interview room where she spoke with Dominique Lamberts about their experiences.