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
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