Signed and numbered edition 1 - 400
24 x 32 cm,
166 pages plus a 4-page insert
80 b&w photographs
Texts (French/English)

Publication: 2021
ISBN 978-2-9576578-0-3

Numbers 001 to 010 (limited edition) come in a handmade box with a signed & numbered gelatin silver print.

Graphic design: Odilon Coutarel

Numbers 011 to 400
€ 59.00

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The art book Improvisations gathers a collection of 80 photographs drawing from a large corpus put together over a decade.
Within a delimited and permanent space, men and women come to get undressed and bare it all to leave a body mark, take the risk of revealing interiority and expose the mark of desire to my glance. The specified moment, the identical place and natural light create the conditions for a space where their presence reveals itself. I record these on film like signifiers, recognised signs, Improvisations.

Conceived together with graphic designer Odilon Coutarel, this book allows to consider appearances, disappearances, asserted and withheld presences as a response to the corpus to create a renewed reading of my photographic practice.

Responding to what is at stake in my work, some images are covered with a white veil, keeping them draped in white light, contrasting with others which impose themselves filter-free. The papers used provide various degrees of transparency and translucency and superimpositions turning into the basis of a sensual transmission of those glances cast on naked bodies, of postures and gestures, hints I spot as traces of desire.

The text acts as a thread or a poem by Valérie Fougeirol, interfering as a flow, running and repeating itself, where words arise and light up, having turned into signifiers too.