Unheeded Warnings (*signed*)

@ Monférier, Elie

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Presentation by the artist :

"Nowadays, it is complicated to do street photography in France because of the issue of image ownership rights. Paradoxically, France is the country in which this genre was born in the 1930s, with Cartier Bresson, Doisneau, Ronis, Brassaï and Capa.

Unheeded Warnings was self-published so as to be distributed on the margins of the institutional distribution system and with it, Elie Monferier endeavours to counter the judicial excesses of the image ownership rights and to raise public awareness about the necessity to both being able to document the reality of the 21st century and to legitimately express an artistic vision of the world, to which we more or less try to give meaning.

« I like to take photographs of people from a very close angle. I get as close to them as possible. Then I fire the flash to illuminate them. I endeavour to capture thus the uncertainty of their social self, to find a flaw which enables me to test life and its trials, its pains and its definite loneliness. Finally, these pictures are all about me. »

Elie Monferier is a street photographer, based in Bordeaux, France. He was born in 1988 and has studied literature and communication at the university Michel de Montaigne. Elie works in the streets to question our urban way of life and focuses on the isolation which prevails in the middle of a crowd, endeavouring to account for the heroism of the individual who, as he disappears among the great multitude, remains the sole witness of his hope, fickle desire and concerns."

16 pages - Softcover

Self-published, 2017 (100 copies)

Format : 17 x 24 cm

*Signed & Numbered*

New - Mint condition

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Monférier, Elie

Élie Monférier is a self-taught French photographer. After obtaining a graduate degree in literature, he focused his energy towards photography. He found his way in presenting his work through self-published zines and books.  In 2018, he joins the Bordeaux-based collective LesAssociés and takes part in producing the series and work published in the collective's book " D'ici, ça ne paraît pas si loin " (le bec en l'air, 2020). After self-publishing several zines, he self-publishes his first (handmade) book "Sang Noir" [ Black Blood ] - around the hunting culture in the southwestern French region of Les Landes - which was later awarded "Best self-published photobook" at PHotoESPAÑA 2020. In 2021, he publishes "Fable" with Italian publisher Origini Edizioni. In 2021 as well, the series "Sang Noir" is part of the exhibitions at the "Circulation(s)" festival in Paris, and the series "Fable" is exhibitied at the "Promenades photographiques" festival in Vendôme, France. © Self-portrait of the artist
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