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+ PHOTOGRAPHIE #2 – Catalogue 2021

by Le Bec en l'air


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.


This book presents the photographs acquired during 2019. It brings together some 180 authors and artists belonging to the heritage and contemporary fields.


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.

SKU: FIS-BOK-119 Category:

Publisher: Le Bec en l’air
Width: 210 mm
Height: 285 mm
Texts: Collectif Fetart
Pages: 256 pages, 280 colors and B&W photographs
soft cover with flaps and cut-out

Additional information

Weight 1.35 kg
Dimensions 21 × 29 cm

Le Bec en l'air

Créé en 1999, Le Bec en l’air est un éditeur indépendant installé à Marseille. Un point commun réunit la plupart du temps ses publications : le dialogue entre l’image et le texte, entre photographie et récit, à travers une mise en page étudiée, des photographies et des textes d’auteurs.

Au fil des ans, le catalogue s’enrichit d’écritures photographiques variées qui trouvent néanmoins une cohérence éditoriale : la photographie comme outil de questionnement du monde contemporain, qu’il s’agisse de préoccupations documentaires, esthétiques ou intimistes.
Photographes reconnus ou émergents s’y croisent, sans exclusion de style ou de sensibilité artistique : Jane Evelyn Atwood, Bruno Boudjelal, Jean-Christian Bourcart, Denis Brihat, Denis Dailleux, Arko Datto, Cédric Gerbehaye, Steeve Iuncker, Yohanne Lamoulère, Frédéric Lecloux, Shinji Nagabe, Payram, Marc Riboud, Adrien Selbert, Frédéric Stucin …