Love and War (*signed*)

@ Simoneau, Guillaume

978-190789338-4

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Love and War is a simple title. These are also the two things that are certainly the most complicated and the most dramatic in the interaction between men. Love and War is a book that catches you, but seems very difficult to talk about ...

The story of Guillaume Simoneau begins with a love story, his meeting in 2000 with Caroline Annandale, who will be upset by the attacks of September 11, 2001: Caroline decides to join the army, before being a few months later sent to Iraq. This choice will lead to the end of the love story, but the two will meet in 2008 - often from a distance - for a second tumultuous act.

The book is essentially made up of images from this second period, while Caroline has been transformed by her experience in Iraq. The portraits of Caroline, rigid, in uniform or weapon in hand contrast with those of the first encounter, those of a young woman with a radiant face, a flower in her mouth or lying in her bath. Simoneau inserts into his story photos of text messages, letters and messages that show us how difficult the relationship has become. This relationship seems to have lost the evidence of the first encounter; is it based on feelings or memories?

A complex book for a story that seems inextricable.

 

The photographs are accompanied by an introduction by Lisa J. Sutcliffe and a beautiful text by Caroline Annandale that closes the book.

 

80 pages - Hardcover without cover

Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2013

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Presentation from the publisher:

"Love and War chronicles Guillaume Simoneau's on-off relationship with Caroline Annandale. They first met at the Maine Photographic Workshop in 2000. Both in their early twenties, they began a feverish relationship and travelled the world together just prior to September 11, 2001. After the terrorist attacks on the United States, Annandale enlisted in the US army and was sent to Iraq. The two grew apart, Annandale eventually marrying someone else, but they reunited several years later upon her return from war to begin a tumultuous second chapter in their relationship.

Using a variety of images, including pictures he took when they first met, photographs Caroline emailed home from Iraq, text messages, and handwritten notes, Simoneau charts the couple's love affair and its attendant ups and downs, but not in chronological order. Sequenced to mimic the disjointed nature of memory and identity, the project reveals how our perceptions of ourselves and our loved ones are always a blend of past and present. As the photographs progress, they expose Caroline's loss of innocence and her transformation into a toughened war veteran. Ultimately, Simoneau reveals the lasting impact- – the invisible, indelible, and often irreversible effects that both love and war have on people's lives."

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