Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Petites machines à images.

Petites machines à images. Photographs by Laurent Millet. Text by Francois Seigneur. Filigranes Editions, 2008. 96 pp., 50 duotone photos, 30,5 x 24cm. Images from photo-eye.

A truly magical monograph by the French artist and photographer Laurent Miller.

Book description:

"This monograph is a collection of small buildings from crops poaching fun items without qualities, pieces of cardboard decorated with materials pétaradantes, son of rusty iron, and sometimes surfaces s'agrémentent paperwork, plans, diagrams hermetic supposed to inform their design.

The horizon of a flat Wednesday and said the oil leak and thwarts a notion of perspective too ingrained in our plastic stereotypes. Laurent Millet reinvents in his compositions, the status of landscape or scenery or subject, but both simultaneously.

Cultivating the art of calotype*, breaking up photography, using complex blends of negative practice is between staging and photos are not posed. Laurent Millet lived in landscapes where water, earth and the sky merge on the banks of the Gironde estuary where he made his territory."

View a video of the entire book here.

* The calotype is a photographic process invented by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1841. It provides a direct negative paper and thus be able to reproduce positive images by simply drawing contact.

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