VU' a Paris is a new perception of today's Paris transformed by the contemporary glances of VU' photographers. Photographer's project on the city went with a 'carte blanche' given to Fémis young film makers.
Text by: Ămile Abinal Publisher: Alternatives (2014)
104 pages Size: 27,8 x 22,6 cm ISBN :2072541581
Roger Ballen : Asylum of the Birds
Asylum of the Birds
Asylum of the Birds showcases his iconic photographs, which were all taken entirely within the confines of a house in a Johannesburg suburb, the location of which remains a tightly guarded secret. The inhabitants of the house, both people and animals, and most notably the ever-present birds, are the cast who perform within a sculptural and decorated theatrical interior that the author creates and orchestrates.
The resulting images are compelling and dynamic, existing somewhere between still life and portrait. They are richly layered with graffiti, drawings, animals, and found objects. In a world where photographers seek to avoid definition, Roger Ballen is a true original who not only defies genres, but has defined his own artistic space as well.
Publisher: Thames & Hudson (2014)
144 pages Size: 31 x 28,8 x 2 cm
Ian Teh : Confluence
This series of photographs document a journey, for the most part along the short coastline of Selangor, the richest state in Malaysia. It is a contemporary portrait of a state, and in a sense a metaphor for the rest of the country. On the shore, an hour away from the nationâs glittering capital, are the gritty industrialised shipping terminals of Port Klang and the sleepy, seemingly idyllic rural towns that populate the Selangor waterfront. These images try to offer a nuanced document of what this coastline is today, and perhaps a sense of the significant changes that are ongoing. Here, where land meets sea and cultures collide, entire worlds and realities shift and merge into each other, and questions of race, belonging and identity take on new meanings. Just as prehistoric glaciers leave the mark of their earlier journeys on the land, the outward appearance of these places clearly shows the confluence of past and present.
For centuries, ships following the trade winds ventured into The Straits of Malacca, a narrow 805 km stretch of water between Peninsular Malaysia and the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Today, from an economic perspective, it remains one of the most important shipping lanes in the world, linking the Indian Ocean to the Pacific. One-quarter of the world's traded goods, including oil, are shipped through these waters, with Port Klang as the main gateway to Malaysia. Historically, owing to Malaysiaâs uniquely important position as a maritime trading hub, The Straits brought commerce but also foreign influences that fundamentally determined the nationâs cultural makeup and history. Hindu and Buddhist cultures imported from India dominated its early history for centuries. Although Muslims passed through in the 10th century, it was not until the 14th and 15th centuries that Islam first established itself on the Malay Peninsula. The rise of the colonial powers in the 19th and 20th centuries brought the Portuguese, Dutch and eventually the British into the region, followed by further migrations of Chinese and Indian workers to meet the needs of the colonial economy. Today, to sustain its economic growth, Malaysia has become the largest importer of migrant labour in the world and is one of the most multicultural societies on earth, undergoing deep transformations within its physical and cultural landscapes.
Text by: Tash Aw Publisher: The Monsoon Masterclass (2014)
174 pages Size: 24,2 x 16,5 cm
FranĂ§oise Huguier : Au doigt et Ă l'Ćil : Autoportrait d'un photographe
Au doigt et Ă l'Ćil : Autoportrait d'un photographe
Text by: Ăric Bonneau Publisher: Filigranes Editions (2014)
72 pages Size: 170 x 240mm
Stanislas Guigui : Altras del Muro
Altras del Muro
Back against the wall
To live with your back against the wall. Men and women humiliated by life, eaten alive by drugs, never giving up.They know they are being tracked by police, hunted by paramilitaries and, above all, haunted by the agony that comes. However in the Cartucho, the Kingdom of elementary forces, something stronger arises; a powerful will to exist and survive through these trials to the end. Some smile when facing the lens, knowing that nothing makes sense. One after the other, lined up according to the photographer's instructions, they emerge from luminous backgrounds, intensifying shapes and colors. By accepting the photographers invitation, the outcasts show a pride and lucidity that can't be found anywhere, except in despair.
Nowhere can we better see the difficult relationship between empathy and photography. We're at the border of the testimony, the border of morals. The time has come for the miserable to overcome the camera and operator. Without illusions or actual hope, they show themselves, flaunting themselves in the hope of regaining dignity. Because behind that wall, knowing that we're watching, they send us their silent images, snatched from destiny and stolen from death.
Text by FranĂ§ois Cheval
Text by: FranĂ§ois Cheval Publisher: Images plurielles (2014)