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Presentation by Yan Morvan :

"Why and how to photograph the war?

Willingness to inform, to participate in the movement of history? How to tell the unbelievable - the images of horror follow the images of horror. The spectacularization of the world through television, the press, the Internet and real-time information has undermined our capital of empathy and our ability to be moved by the misery of others.

In 2004, with a 20 × 25 Deardorff photographic chamber, I began a series on battles fields. Did these places still tell the story?

Without giving in to the raw emotion, I wanted to address the conscience, to show by landscapes sometimes harmless a "geography" of the human dementia.

I was looking for another way of reflecting on the image and reality of war. I began to photograph the battlefields of France, the landing beaches, then those of Europe, our family that torn itself so often.

My project is ambitious: to show the land on which the men fought, to tell the story, to reflect on this thought of Heraclitus:
"Conflict / is the father of all beings, the king of all beings / To some he gave form of gods, to others of men, / He made some slave, others free." (Fragment 53) "It is necessary to know / that the conflict is common [or universal] / that the discord is the right / and that all things are born and die according to discord and necessity." (Fragment 80)

I traveled the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific Ocean, Africa, America, Asia. Some sites are well-indexed, well-marked, others deserve careful investigation and localization - some states do not seem eager to commemorate defeats or are amnesic ... "

Warning: this large format book also has a important number of pages, it is rather sizeable and heavy (4.5 kg / 10 lbs).

Texts (in French only) by Gaëlle Maïdon and Sarah Bertin

660 pages - Hardcover

Éditions Photosynthèses, 2015

Format : 26 x 32 cm

New - Mint condition

Warning: Last books in stock!

69,00 €

Morvan, Yan

Yan Morvan is a French photographer and photojournalist. He publishes his first images in the 1970s in the daily newspaper Libération. He covers many wars and conflicts in the 1980s and 1990s: Iran-Iraq, Lebanon, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Rwanda. Yan Morvan is also known for having followed over long period of times the gangs and underground (often criminal) communities in France, especially in and around Paris. He has published many books, including "Le Cuir et la Baston" (Ailleurs, 1976), "Mondosex" (Contrejour, 1995), "Gangs Story" (La Manufacture de Livres, 2012), "Bobby Sands" (André Frère, 2018).
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