BooksSophie Calle, Rachel Monique
“She is successively called Rachel, Monique, Szyndler, Calle, Pagliero, Gonthier, Sindler,” says French photographer Sophie Calle. “My mother loved that we talk about her. Her life doesn’t appear in my work. That annoyed her. When I set my camera at the foot of the bed where she was dying, because I was afraid that she would expire in my absence, whereas I wanted to be there to hear her last word, she shouted: ‘Finally.’ ”
BooksEmmanuel Georges, America Rewind
Traveling across the United States, the French photographer Emmanuel Georges went in search of the American dream. Using a large-format camera and a documentary-style approach, he captured the reality of America encountered during his journey. At the same time, his photographs reveal a finely tuned understanding of the poetry unique to these places.
BooksMark Cohen, Mexico 1983-2001
On the cover of the book published by Éditions Xavier Barral to accompany the exhibition at Agnès b. Gallery, a girl’s calf clothed in a Pelerine knee-high sock traces a neat diagonal across the image. It is immediately recognizable as the work of Mark Cohen who prefers fragments and details to wider views. “It’s exactly what I would do back home.
BooksFink on Warhol: New York Photographs of the 1960s
The 1960’s was an era in the United States alive with protest—the crisis of the Vietnam war and the struggle for civil rights provoked the nation to question the nature of the moral and political world. During this period of foment arose a band of arty nihilists with a mission that had little to do with politics yet everything to do with clever posturing and hobnobbing with the art-hungry power elite.
BooksChristopher Niquet, Models Matter
Through generations of cover stories, Models Matter, edited by the well-known French stylist Christopher Niquet, explores a multi-layered history of feminine beauty, from Jean Shrimpton to Jerry Hall, Naomi Campbell to Linda Evangelista, muses for extraordinary fashion lensmen like Steven Meisel, Irving Penn, and Richard Avedon.
BooksBernard Descamps, Autoportrait
I remember that, during a pleasant discussion about photography, Edouard Boubat had said to me, “In the end, we photographers, we revolve endlessly around the same photograph, a kind of perfect image, a Holy Grail that we never reach, and that would be an ideal self-portrait”.
BooksNuméro and Guido Mocafico, The Story of a Carte Blanche
In 1999, Babeth Djian, fashion editor and avant-garde stylist, created Numéro, a Parisian magazine since then famous for its unique and audacious aesthetic, tying together fashion and contemporary art.
BooksBernard Plossu, Glamour
The photographer Bernard Plossu publishes his latest book, co-authored with the film producer Dominique Païni. Their publication combines two visions, two ways of seeing, two different sensibilities centered around the notion—practically a genre—of “Glamor.”