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Les Editions Light Motiv s’appuient avant tout sur une ligne artistique qui conjugue la mémoire et l’action. Il s’agit de créer des livres qui affrontent le réel au moment d’une transformation sociale, urbaine, naturelle… tout en combinant de manière harmonieuse et pertinente l’écrit et le visuel, les mots et les images, le littéraire et le pictural.
Dans chaque projet, entre les pages de chaque ouvrage, des questions se posent, s’imposent, et s’entremêlent.

Que se passe-t-il ? Peut-on le saisir, le comprendre ? Doit-on s’y adapter ou faire face ?

Le projet éditorial de Light Motiv est d’amener, grâce à la construction du livre et de sa mise en page, les photographies et les textes au même plan de lecture. Rechercher le rythme, l’accord entre ces deux langages qui va épouser le récit documentaire ou intime, la fiction dans les fractures du réel, ou bien encore la recherche sociologique, la découverte artistique…

  • Eric le Brun – Un lion derrière la vitre
    Eric le Brun – Un lion derrière la vitre
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    Eric le Brun – Un lion derrière la vitre

    From Venice to Istanbul, then Jerusalem, Alexandria, Sarajevo and back to Cordoba, Eric LE BRUN's texts appear and circulate between his own photographs. He draws the outline of a vast country of the sea where, in the course of history, softness and threat alternate and spread. In the guard of the book, the old songs and the poems of Anouar BENMALEK chosen and interpreted by Emmanuelle BUNEL for "Un lion derrière la vitre", join and specify the framework of the whole: in the borders of the legends and the stories, in the east as in the west, the cities survive to the men who create them or mistreat them, like arrows thrown in the passage of time. The preface is written by Anouar BENMALEK, an Algerian writer often described as the Mediterranean Faulkner by the literary press. The CD is included in the guard. Multilingual edition: each text in French is translated into English and into the language of the city.
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  • Naoya Hatakeyama
 – Terrils
    Naoya Hatakeyama
 – Terrils
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    Naoya Hatakeyama
 – Terrils

    The origin of the word "Terril" is rather mysterious and divides historians. Its sonic force is a good representation of the earth extracted, raised. Like blocks of memory, their silhouettes mark the landscape of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais mining basin. An artist sensitive to geographical and industrial transformations, Naoya Hatakeyama crisscrossed these large spaces in 2009, flush with the sky. As a photographer of precision, he made an astonishing journey between the black mountains. Following him, he takes us through the mastery of lights, framing, in his deep images that evoke other worlds, Canada, Iceland, the Camargue ... The slag heap, often ignored or bypassed, takes the central place in the landscapes transmitted by Naoya Hatakeyama. Standing on the flat country, it acts as a call, an imaginary jump.
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  • Jean-Christophe Hanché – Les enfermés
    Jean-Christophe Hanché – Les enfermés
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    Jean-Christophe Hanché – Les enfermés

    Les Enfermés is a book that takes the reader to the other side of our society. In prison, in psychiatric hospitals, in detention centers... Based on the photographic observations of Jean-Christophe Hanché, photographer and controller of places of deprivation of liberty, the book is instructive, shocking and sincere on the often undignified living conditions, reported from these little visible places. All the images are regularly corroborated by terrible extracts of letters sent by the prisoners to the CGLPL, and by argued extracts of visit reports or emergency recommendations issued by the CGLPL. Thus, a "landscape of the gap" takes shape that the book shows, the raw reality of the places where the prisoners live. Adeline Hazan, head of the CGLPL, signs a committed preface, in the image of the courageous action she is leading. "This book is both a vehicle for information and a lever for improving the situation of persons deprived of their liberty. [In the light of the images, observations and testimonies contained in this book, I invite the reader to ask himself whether the conditions of confinement that France has experienced over the last ten years are a relevant preparation for a return to freedom for the 'locked up'." Adeline Hazan "To have access to places of confinement, for as long as necessary, without any restriction of access, is a rare opportunity in my profession as a photographer. I kept telling myself that in order to give an account of what I saw as closely as possible, as accurately as possible, without adding or subtracting anything. [The sensitive immersion in most of my photographs is not due to my audacity or to a reckless commitment, but only to the time, invisible and patient, of meeting the people who become the subjects of my images. If confinement is unfortunately the main means of punishment, it is also the most excluding. [...] Photographing these people allows me to take them out of invisibility to the outside world, to turn their situation towards a salutary outside, thus highlighting their fundamental rights." - Jean-Christophe Hanché
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  • Frédéric Cornu – La Ligne d’eau
    Frédéric Cornu – La Ligne d’eau
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    Frédéric Cornu – La Ligne d’eau

    The Water Line is published in connection with the author's solo exhibition at the Institut Pour la Photographie from September 10 to November 15, 2020. The series focuses on the construction project of the Seine-North Canal, which raises questions about major development projects across the landscape of northern France. This North-Seine axis, rich in history, a front line during the First World War, will trace a new water line in the heart of this territory, the stakes of which will be as much cultural, economic and geographical. In the spirit of the photographic work commissioned by the Observatoire Photographique du Paysage, Frédéric Cornu travels through the rural areas affected by the canal's route and takes stock of the situation in order to measure the landscape impacts. This work is part of this new documentary approach, in which the author's eye is sensitive to the imprint of human activity on the landscape. The project has benefited from the support of the Hauts-de-France Region and the Centre National des Arts Plastiques.
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  • Naoya Hatakeyama – Kesengawa
    Naoya Hatakeyama – Kesengawa
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    Naoya Hatakeyama – Kesengawa

    March 11, 2011 - From the very first pages, Naoya HATAKEYAMA, a photographer, speaks to us, sharing his actions, his impressions, his feelings, at a time when his life as a man is in danger of being turned upside down. He writes his diary, on his way to the North of Japan, after the announcement of the tsunami which submerged the coastal cities. His mind is preoccupied with the fate of his family and friends. Up there, there is the house where his mother lives on the banks of the Kesen River, there is the society of the inhabitants who celebrate the same rituals every year, there is the metal bridge like a stable figure on the passing of time. There are Naoya's memories. The first part of the book is the story of Naoya HATAKEYAMA's journey to the North, a motorcycle journey made difficult by the lack of fuel, the snow, the detours imposed by the destroyed accesses. Parallel to the text, images of happy days in his city, Rikuzentakata, the days of vacations, scroll by. These are the photographs that he began to take in large format, a few years ago, of his native country, thinking that they were a way for him to maintain his own reflection on the past, on time. These images, these memories, suddenly become unique testimonies of what will have disappeared. The first part of the book is a logbook that gathers the thoughts, gestures, memories, and images of Naoya HATAKEYAMA on his way to a new encounter with his destroyed city. The second part has no text, only the photographs after the disaster are shown. The extent of the erasure creates amazement, both for Naoya HATAKEYAMA who discovers it and for the reader who accompanies him. Finally, the essential afterword allows the photographer, and no doubt anyone confronted with an equivalent tragedy, to lay the stones of a possible consolation, between memory and transmission. Naoya HATAKEYAMA's entire photographic work is oriented towards the harmonic search between human and natural landscapes. From UNDERGROUND, one of his first books, which reveals unprecedented views of underground and urban rivers, to the astonishing work BLAST, a stunning account of quarry explosions, Naoya has never stopped questioning the boundary between human activity and natural cover. With patience, he explores the industrial traces in ATMOS, LIME WORKS or TERRILS. This last book was also published by LIGHT MOTIV. It is this same man, placed in an observation outpost, who sees an unexpected cataclysm, of a terrible silent brutality, arise in his own life. Without human cause, without divine explanation. It is this man, photographer and watchman, who continues to watch, without understanding the sanction of the chance that overwhelms him, and other men with him. It is this man who inscribes life, the thought of life, in the derisory harmony, and so human, in solidarity, that he finds on every subject he photographs. Since the disaster, Naoya HATAKEYAMA has been involved in the action launched by Toyo Ito's architecture studio in order to invent places of resource and appeasement for the tsunami survivors. The "Home-for-all" house built by Toyo Ito's studio in Rikuzentakata was presented in conjunction with Naoya's photographs at the Venice Architecture Biennale in September 2012 and was awarded the Golden Lion at this event.
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  • Corentin Fohlen – Karnaval Jacmel
    Corentin Fohlen – Karnaval Jacmel
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    Corentin Fohlen – Karnaval Jacmel

    Every year, in the city of Jacmel in the south of Haiti, takes place the most important carnival of the country, during the Gras. Most of the inhabitants create and renew their costumes, freely inspired by everything that crosses the Haitian reality and imagination. Since 2014, thanks to this intangible and artistic heritage, Jacmel has been recognized as a creative city of crafts and popular arts by UNESCO. To transmit this magic, Corentin Fohlen chose to isolate each character of the carnival crowd by installing his studio outdoors, and by composing each time its own light. His amazing and precise work reveals beyond the beauty of the costumes, the inventive talent of a people always on their feet. This work was done in 2016 and 2017 during the Jacmel carnival parade, a street photo studio set up for the occasion; it was published in GÉO, LA VIE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.COM, RENDEZ-VOUS PHOTOS, LFI (Leica Fotografie International), A/R magazine traveler.
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  • Charles Delcourt – Isle of Eigg
    Charles Delcourt – Isle of Eigg
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    Charles Delcourt – Isle of Eigg

    Eigg is part of the Inner Hebrides archipelago. In 1997, the inhabitants bought back their land together from the Lord who owned it. June 12 was declared Independence Day on this territory of 35 square kilometers, where about forty families now live, all concerned with the governance and fate of the island. Since 2007, the island is in complete autonomy thanks to sustainable resources (hydroelectric, wind and solar). This autonomous territory emerges as a utopian skiff in the world of shared information, a skiff in motion at a time of growing climate concerns. The island of Eigg offers a possibility, a solid local alternative in a drifting world that is simultaneously looking for the lost paradise and the future path. When he landed on Eigg in 2015, Charles Delcourt felt a kind of love at first sight, like a call. Both for the magnificent landscapes of this Scottish island but also and above all for the way of life, rough and committed that the inhabitants develop. During his regular stays on the island, he discovered and documented their way of life. The book is conceived as a gradual acclimatization to the nature of the island, a gradual increase in the surprise and variety of both the landscapes and the inhabitants. It leads the reader to discover a different way of living collectively.
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  • Jérémie Lenoir - Dust
    Jérémie Lenoir - Dust
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    Jérémie Lenoir – Dust

    In the previous work, NORD, published in April 2016 by Light Motiv, photographer Jérémie Lenoir flew over the axis of industrial heritage reconversion between Arras and Antwerp. With this new series DUST, he travels the boundary between water and land all around Utah's Salt Lake, where human mining of sodium, magnesium, potassium, and petroleum takes place. The amazing colors result from the concentration of salt, algae, microorganisms, or are artificially generated by additives accelerating evaporation or by some discharges from the few facilities. Protocol of realization: during several residencies spread over 3 years, Jérémie Lenoir photographed the contours of the salt lake, multiplying the flights above each selected space to follow, trace and understand its transformation. The photographer always takes his shots at the same time, around noon, when the sun is at its zenith; this light that crushes the reliefs and the colors offers a neutrality and a flatness essential to obtain this confusion between photography and painting. All the images are also captured at the same altitude, around 450 m / 1500ft, and with the same fixed focal length to obtain a consistency of scale. By combining aerial point of view and abstraction, the artist continues his work of anthropology of the landscape while experimenting, even more intensely in this new series, the limits of the photographic medium; a sensitive and unique look on our contemporary world.
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