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  • + PHOTOGRAPHIE #2 – Catalogue 2021
    + PHOTOGRAPHIE #2 – Catalogue 2021
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    + PHOTOGRAPHIE #2 – Catalogue 2021

    Every year, thousands of photographs and objects (prints, negatives, albums...) enter French public collections. National or regional museums, major cultural institutions, Fracs, archive centers or libraries have a dynamic acquisition policy, the richness of which this collection aims to show. This second volume focuses on the acquisitions made by institutions in 2019, both in the field of heritage and contemporary creation. Major national institutions participate in the work along with unexpected or little-known places. Rare works by great masters - Gustave Le Gray, Man Ray - rub shoulders with established contemporary artists - Susan Meiselas, Bernard Plossu or Wolfgang Tillmans. Exceptional historical pieces are presented alongside remarkable curiosities and discoveries: images of the Guadeloupean photographer Adolphe Catan, color fashion photographs from the 1930s, albums of prisoners, archives of major agencies that have forged the imagination of the 20th century ... Through this selection of works placed in their context of creation and acquisition, +Photographie revisits the history of the medium, from its origins to its most contemporary uses, and intends to become a reference collection on the diversity of photography today. THE PHOTOGRAPHERS This book presents the photographs acquired during 2019. It brings together some 180 authors and artists belonging to the heritage and contemporary fields. THE AUTHORS OF THE TEXTS The texts are written by the various curators or people in charge of collections of institutions and museums. The book is prefaced by the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin.
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  • Michel Denancé – ARCHISABLE 2
    Michel Denancé – ARCHISABLE 2
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    Michel Denancé – ARCHISABLE 2

    Curator Tina Bloch has invited 34 European architects to rediscover the gestures of the sand castle builders. On the beaches of Deauville and Benerville, astonishing monuments have risen between sky and sea, mandalas and labyrinths as far as the eye can see have had a fleeting but intense existence. Both land art and sand painting, the proposals, maturely elaborated or improvised according to the inspiration of the moment, are of an amazing diversity. Digging, building, sculpting, molding, scarifying, raking, drawing, modeling... sand lends itself to all poetic inventions. Between two tides, the photographer Michel Denancé has captured their ephemeral beauty, mixing eye-level perspectives and aerial views for a result of great aesthetic strength. THE PHOTOGRAPHER Trained as an architect, Michel Denancé takes more pleasure in observing the work of others than in producing it himself. His reports simultaneously highlight the building itself (both a volume defined by its walls and a living space installed in a site) and the architects' intentions. His photographs appear in the specialized press, sometimes in generalist publications, and accompany monographs of architects (Renzo Piano, in particular), books devoted to a building or thematic reviews. The photographs executed outside of the commissioned work also concern the landscape or the city and are sometimes the subject of books: Dogon Doumbo Doumbo (a micro-territory of the Dogon country), Mille milliards de milieux (landscapes of Seine-Saint-Denis), Un si parfait jardin (Algiers), Petites Agonies urbaines (walled facades in the Paris region), all accompanied by texts by writers and published by Bec en l'air. Tina Bloch is a curator, at the initiative in 2016 of the Archisable project which was the subject of a first book (Éd. Xavier Barral, 2018).
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  • Hugues de Wurstemberger – SÈTE#21
    Hugues de Wurstemberger – SÈTE#21
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    Hugues de Wurstemberger – SÈTE#21

    Release May 21, 2021 ImageSingulières is a festival of documentary photography created in 2009 in Sète. Each year, a photographer is invited to look at the city and produce a series of images that is published in a book. In 2021 the carte blanche is entrusted to the Swiss photographer Hugues de Wurstemberger. Known for his work that emphasizes the links between humans and territory - whether it be his children or the people of Africa - it is once again through the prism of the relationship to the land that he approached his residency by surveying the banks of the ponds (Thau, Vic, Ingril...). Listening to nature, probing the wild grasses of the paths and the lagoon posidonia to the horizon, he transfigures the banality of the ordinary, that of the daily life of the fishmongers, seed growers and other dreamers of the basin. THE PHOTOGRAPHER Hugues de Wurstemberger is a Swiss photographer, member of Agence VU' since its creation in 1986 and represented by Galerie VU'. He first became known for his photographs of the interior of the Swiss Guard. For a long time he worked on the daily life and intimacy of forgotten populations throughout the world. In 2005, he published AOC, une identité retrouvée (Infolio), as well as Pauline et Pierre (Quo Vadis). His work was awarded the Niépce Prize in 1990, the World Press Photo in 1991, and the Silver Award in 2002. THE AUTHOR OF THE TEXT Christian Caujolle is artistic director and curator of numerous international exhibitions. A key figure in the world of contemporary photography, he has written the texts of numerous catalogs and monographs of photographers. He directs the PhotoPhnomPenh festival in Cambodia and has just been appointed artistic advisor to the Château d'Eau (Toulouse). In Sète, along with Gilles Favier, he is the artistic director of the ImageSingulières festival.
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  • Festival Circulation(s) – Catalogue 2021
    Festival Circulation(s) – Catalogue 2021
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    Festival Circulation(s) – Catalogue 2021

    Since its creation in 2011, the Circulation(s) festival has been dedicated to young European photography, with the ambition to bring out the talents, to federate a network of European actors and to make the public discover a generation of artists conquering new photographic territories. It has exhibited more than 400 artists and welcomed more than 300,000 visitors. From March 13 to May 2, 2021, the festival presents, at the Centquatre in Paris, a large-scale exhibition that brings together 33 photographers of 12 different nationalities, set up with the duo of scenographers Big Time. This book is a real tool that presents the work of each artist with a selection of images, a biography and an analysis of his production.
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  • Jane Evelyn Atwood – Pigalle People 1978–1979
    Jane Evelyn Atwood – Pigalle People 1978–1979
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    Jane Evelyn Atwood – Pigalle People 1978–1979

    A rare testimony on the Pigalle of the late 1970s, by one of the greatest photographers of today. Paris, 1978. Jane Evelyn Atwood, a young American, walks the streets of Pigalle after her first photographic report dedicated to the city's prostitutes. It is the district of trans-sexuals, with its bars for regulars, its heat, its joys and its violence. One day the photographer sees two transsexuals enter a building. She follows them. They let her photograph them. That's where this book begins. The images it gathers will be realized over a period of a little more than a year, confirming what will be from now on the principles of Jane Evelyn Atwood's work: long time, immersion, respect and empathy. And the world of the night, which fascinates her. This book, full of compassion and lucidity, tells of a Pigalle that has now disappeared, swept away by AIDS and the change of era.
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  • Frédéric Stucin – Only Bleeding
    Frédéric Stucin – Only Bleeding
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    Frédéric Stucin – Only Bleeding

    A cinematographic and unvarnished Las Vegas seen by a great contemporary portraitist. Las Vegas. City of gambling, neon lights, debauchery, exaggeration, entertainment. However, there are no casinos, palaces, slot machines or stripteases in this book, the first monograph by the portraitist Frederic Stucin. Only Bleeding gathers images made in Las Vegas between 2011 and 2017, Downtown and along the Strip, the boulevard where 35 to 40 million visitors are concentrated per year. But of this mirage city, finally, it is little question... In black and white to get to the point and erase any documentary malen- tense, in horizontal format to accentuate the cinematographic dimension, like a long travelling memory in the manner of the beginning of Down By Law by Jim Jarmusch, but where each image leaves the reader free to invent his own memories: these images do not explain anything, they observe. In the purest line of Street Photography, they probe the soul of an imaginary city, take the pulse of its buzzing, movement, wandering, solitude and margins. They resemble the memories of happy days in which the one who remembers would not have participated, and from which he would only manage to glean tired debris.
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  • Jean-Christian Bourcart – L’oiseau noir perché à droite dans ma tête
    Jean-Christian Bourcart – L’oiseau noir perché à droite dans ma tête
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    Jean-Christian Bourcart – L’oiseau noir perché à droite dans ma tête

    An autobiographical story, both dark and luminous, by one of today's great photographers of the intimate. The black bird perched on the right side of my head is an autobiographical story that mixes deceptively disparate photographs and texts from Jean-Christian Bourcart's diary. Photographs and texts are put in dialogue, sometimes responding directly, sometimes in a more subjective way. Alternating narrative fragments from distant travels (Madagascar, China, Japan, Nicaragua...), reflections of inner life (dreams, feelings, fantasies, nightmares), glimpses of the American society in which he lives and family or intimate scenes, the book bears witness to the evolution of the author in a period of transition where he moves away from his social life to engage in the study of shamanism and sacred plants of Amazonia. Crossed by a brutal vitality as much as by an impossible search for comfort and peace, sometimes dark and painful, sometimes luminous and sweet, Jean-Christian Bourcart invites us to cross a stubbornly unstable universe, faithful to his attraction to the motifs of contradiction and movement. By transposing what happens in his own life, he would like to suggest the ineffable possibility of exploring - with humor as much as possible - new territories of human experience, whose limits are too often imposed by ourselves.
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  • Yohanne Lamoulère – Faux Bourgs
    Yohanne Lamoulère – Faux Bourgs
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    Yohanne Lamoulère – Faux Bourgs

    Marseille in the lens of Yohanne Lamoulère : a decade of intuitive and sensitive observation. Marseille fascinates as much as it disturbs. Since 2009, Yohanne Lamoulère has been tracking the city's upheavals, portraying its disasters and shattering its representations in order to better reinvent them in the company of those who live there. The photographer roots her obsessions in it: the peripheral neighborhoods - which are for her the vibrant heart of the city -, youth, self-image and the identity link that one maintains with one's territory. Everything here is shown of the reality of relegated neighborhoods, with the precision tinged with poetry of those who know what they are photographing. In the end, it is indeed a particular energy that emerges from these "false towns" and testifies to their universal belonging to untouched worlds, those from which possibilities, love and dreams emerge.
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  • Sète#20 – Clémentine Schneidermann
    Sète#20 – Clémentine Schneidermann
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    Sète#20 – Clémentine Schneidermann

    ImageSingulières is a festival of documentary photography created in 2009 in Sète. Each year a photographer is invited to look at the city and produce a series of images that is the subject of a book. In 2020 the carte blanche is entrusted to Clémentine Schneidermann. At the crossroads of fashion and documentary, this young artist plays with the codes of both disciplines by mixing reality and fantasy. In Sète, she boldly set off in the footsteps of Georges Brassens, a native of the "singular island" and an unavoidable figure in the local imagination. The places he frequented, the groupies of the first hour, the last friends of the poet-singer, his look-alikes, nothing escapes the photographer who metamorphoses Sète with humor and poetry, revealing, beyond the attachment to the singer, a whole part of the popular culture of the city.
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  • Sète#19 – Vanessa Winship
    Sète#19 – Vanessa Winship
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    Sète#19 – Vanessa Winship

    ImageSingulières is a festival of documentary photography created in 2009 in Sète. Each year, a renowned photographer is invited to look at the city and gradually build a portrait of it. Photographers as well known and different as Anders Petersen, Richard Dumas, Bieke Depoorter or Stéphane Couturier have lent themselves to the game. All of them have given birth to a photographic series, each of which was the subject of a book. A remarkable collection, like a lesson in photography, showing that there are multiple visual writings and thus revealing the different facets of contemporary photography. The 11th carte blanche has been entrusted to the portrait and documentary photographer Vanessa Winship, known for her long-term work, particularly in the Balkans, Anatolia or the United States, where she tracks the jolts of reality with immense sensitivity in landscapes and portraits. It is therefore in Sète that the photographer continues her rigorous work, both classic and contemporary, through which she seeks, by listening, to understand how the link between a territory and a person is articulated. It is in Sète, but it could also be elsewhere, as her vision is personal and can be seen as a winter stroll with melancholic and sweet accents. As with all the titles in the collection, Christian Caujolle, critic, international curator and artistic director of the ImageSingulières festival, accompanies this body of images with a text.
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  • Delphine Parodi – Out of Sight
    Delphine Parodi – Out of Sight
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    Delphine Parodi – Out of Sight

    The Fukushima nuclear disaster has permanently disrupted the once intense relationships between individuals, their communities and the cycles of nature. How then to live in a new environment? This is the question that this book evokes in a dialogue with several voices: that of the photographer Delphine Parodi, whose diptychs, between intimate landscapes and portraits of inhabitants, suggest the alteration of their relationship to place and the importance of individual memory. And the Japanese writer Yoko Tawada who, with 24 poems brought back from Fukushima, achieves a subtle balance between visible and invisible. By giving form to what remains a constant but imperceptible threat, this book is a universal reminder to the collective conscience in times of pandemic.
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  • Adrien Selbert – Les bords rééls
    Adrien Selbert – Les bords rééls
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    Adrien Selbert – Les bords rééls

    The Bosnian war ended 25 years ago and the country seems to be plunged into a lethargy where everyone is wandering in their own time and in their beliefs. The dead and the living, the Bosnians, the Serbs and the Croats, the veterans of the conflict and the youth born in its rubble. Bosnia revives old demons, plays with fire. It is no longer war, it is not peace. How to translate into photography the strange feeling of a time that never ends dying, the muted violence that runs through the country? How to summon the ghosts that stand in the background of the images? In this sense, this work is a state of time, more than a state of the place. The Real Edges is the image of Bosnia today: fragmentary, ghostly, disoriented, vibrant and chaotic at the same time. The photographer takes the bodies as witnesses. Gestures and postures translate the way the country stands, revealing the splintering into myriad communities and beliefs, as if after a blast. By investing this evanescent territory, it is the very limits of his practice - documentary photography - that Adrien Selbert challenges here.
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  • Shiraz Bazin-Moussi – L’écume des amnésies
    Shiraz Bazin-Moussi – L’écume des amnésies
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    Shiraz Bazin-Moussi – L’écume des amnésies

    When she was a child, Shiraz Bazin-Moussi spent her summer vacations with her family on the Kerkennah Islands, a rural and preserved Tunisian archipelago, where Farhat Hached, the independence leader assassinated in 1952, was born. A few years ago, she discovered that Google had forgotten to "map" one of the islands of the archipelago and that it had disappeared! Since then, the oblivion has been repaired, but the photographer has returned to the traces of her childhood, in search of the carefree images that her memory has blurred, just as the official images of the Tunisian national narrative were at the time of colonization, and then of the dictatorship. Using the Fresson printing process, she manages to give her photographs a dreamlike character and also questions the relationship between cartography and power.
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  • Denis Dailleux – Juliette
    Denis Dailleux – Juliette
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    Denis Dailleux – Juliette

    In Denis Dailleux's childhood village, in Anjou, lived a woman of character, a true character of a novel: Juliette, his great-aunt, who died in 2017 at the age of 100. Between the photographer and his model, between the old woman and the young man, a unique complicity has established for more than 15 years a serious and funny game, a mixture of seduction, harshness and malice. Like a model, Juliette accepts Denis' stagings which take advantage of the farm's decor, play with objects and plants. Over the years, the photographs become more daring and reveal an unexpected personality that seems to blossom under the lens. Through Juliette's portraits, magnificent in their accuracy, the reality of a modest and precarious rural world appears, with its social codes and values, where harshness sometimes prevails over wisdom. With her strong character and her refusal to accept what others say, Juliette is a resilient person, driven by her intuition and a sensitive intelligence. From then on, the act of photographing becomes a tribute to a modest but vibrantly human existence.
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