"Melos is a book between darkness and hope. The image above these lines should alert the attentive viewer. On this old postcard, annotated by the sender marked “Far and sad hello from the East.”, while geographical annotations attest to the complexity of the region.
This incipit seems to sum up the point of view reached by Guillaume Lebrun at the end of a journey that led him from Istanbul to Thessaloniki via neighboring Bulgaria. These places are one of the crucibles of European and Mediterranean civilizations. But they are also an area where identities, languages, nationalities, religions have continued to oppose, trying to hold sway over each other.
The unity of place, the community of destiny are reflected in the portraits of young people made by the photographer. Impossible for me to determine whether this girl or this boy are Greek, Bulgarian or Turkish. But the fracture is obvious in the landscapes as it is in the detail views. It often results in the work of Guillaume Lebrun by the inability to see, which is opposed, of course, to the desire to see. That of the photographer, but also that of the viewer. Desire that the author thwarts. To that end, he deploys various strategies. That of the veil first. For instance this red curtain hardly allows the view to appear from a hotel room, or the scratched window that hides the beauty of Hagia Sophia, or the rain that erases the contours of the Bosphorus. […]
-- Rémi Coignet "
Text by René Daligault and foreword by Rémi Coignet in French only.
96 pages - Hardcover
Format 21 x 26 cm
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