L'instant-monument, du fait divers à l'humanitaire

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L'instant-monument, du fait divers à l'humanitaire

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[Available in French only]

Whether the photograph shows the heroic death of a Republican soldier during the Spanish Civil War, a Vietnamese girl burned by napalm, or the suicide of a politician with the media in attendance, the principle is the same. Photographic reportage encapsulates the most significant episodes of current events-so much so that these images (and they are legion) sometimes sum up an epoch all by themselves. The most emblematic photographs are often those that reduce the complexity of a given historical situation exclusively to its photogenic manifestations. This is because photographs pull together, in a particularly compelling manner, the whole range of questions associated with the specific events, catastrophes, human interest stories and humanitarian emergencies indissociable from all contemporary concepts of history. The creed imposed by photography is this: there can be no history without instants. As recent attempts to celebrate, mourn or simply take stock of the 20th century have emphatically reminded us, photographs are monuments to the momentary.

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LES ÉTUDES

LES ÉTUDES allows an author to investigate in depth a subject or an artist's practice.

 

Author: Vincent Lavoie
Artists: Willie Doherty, Marie-Jeanne Musiol, Gilles Peress and many archival photographs by Eddie Adams, Thomas Howard, William Eugene Smith, Paul Vathis, Weegee and others
Edited by France Choinière
Design: Joanne Véronneau
2001
Text in French, 204 pages, black and white reproductions, perfect binding
ISBN: 978-2-922135-13-8
 

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