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Retinal Shift

@ Subotzky, Mikhael

978-3869305394

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Ce livre sur le regard, sa pratique, sa mécanique, est le catalogue d'une exhibition consécutive au prix "Standard Bank Young Artist Award" attribué à Mikhael Subotzky en 2012.

 

Le titre Retinal Shift est assez obscur, une sorte de néologisme, qui aura peut-être rapport à l'image des rétines de l'artiste qui introduit le livre, et à propos de laquelle Subotzky indique : "Cette rencontre m'a fasciné. Au moment où mes rétines - une partie des organes essentiels à la vue - furent photographiées, j'ai été aveuglé par l'appareil qui saisit ces images".

Autre origine possible de ce titre, le contenu protéiforme du livre qui défile sous nos yeux page après page, et nous oblige à une gymnastique oculaire : portraits, scènes de rue, reportages, travaux de recherche, mais aussi des images issues de caméra de surveillance, des portraits d'archive et enfin des images de l'artiste en train de photographier.

Cet ensemble rétrospectif est construit ainsi : les différentes séries sont entrelacées, et les pages d'introduction ainsi que deux essais d'Anthea Buys et Shawn O'Toole nous donnent quelques clés de lecture pour traverser ce livre imposant.

 

Ce livre a fait partie des 20 titres sélectionnés pour le prix du meilleur premier livre photo à Paris Photo 2012.

 

492 pages – Relié sans jaquette

Steidl, 2012

Neuf sous blister – Aucun défaut

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From the publisher :

"For me, photography has become a way of attempting to make sense of the very strange world that I see around me. I don’t ever expect to achieve that understanding, but the fact that I am trying comforts me."

-- Mikhael Subotzky

 

Mikhael Subotzky was born in Cape Town in 1981. He became the youngest member of the prestigious Magnum agency aged just 31 and he was recently named winner of the 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist Award.

Subotzky was influenced from an early age by his uncle, Gideon Mendel, one of South Africa’s notable ‘struggle photographers’. Subotzky adopts the directness of the social documentary mode while questioning the photographic medium itself.

Retinal Shift is a first retrospective of Subotzky’s work. He investigates the practice and mechanics of looking – in relation to the history of Grahamstown, the history of photographic devices, and Subotzky’s own history as an artist. The book fuses his compelling and sometimes brutal photography with essays and archived portraits from the last century to create an intricate and esoteric collection.

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