From the start in 1986, VUâ€™ is known as an Â« agency of photographers Â» more than a photographical agency, claiming this way the specifity of each identity whom it belongs. Its name shows an ambitious connection, since VUâ€™ is the eponym of a famous french magazine of the 20â€™s which was very innovative in a pictorial sense of way. It has gradually set a new style and maintained a high level of intelligence and creativity of its authors. Discovering, promoting, spreading and also exhibiting in a wide gallery (created in 1998)â€¦
The VUâ€™ team has made from a collective adventure a constant think factory on photographyâ€™s evolution and its place in the image world. Social, documentary, visual, itâ€™s important to decode the multiple senses of contemporary creation and to question its handling by the media, the companies or the institutions.
From hot news to long lasting investigation, from formal work to intimate story, the VUâ€™ photographers have built for more than thirty years a plural and moving panorama of photography.
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Latest Edited Book
La pesanteur du lieu
La pesanteur du lieu
La nuit est sublime, le jour est beau. Emmanuel Kant
La pesanteur du lieuÂ est un projet rĂ©alisĂ© dans le cadre dâ€™une rĂ©sidence de crĂ©ation au Domaine de KerguĂ©hennec, en Bretagne. KerguĂ©hennec est un centre dâ€™art contemporain qui prĂ©sente plus de 30 sculptures installĂ©es au milieu du paysage. Câ€™est un lieu chargĂ© de mĂ©moire et de sens oĂą dâ€™autres artistes ont laissĂ© leur empreinte.
La sĂ©rie explore le concept de â€ślieuâ€ť comme axe de lien Ă©motionnel Ă travers lâ€™obscuritĂ©, de la limite du reprĂ©sentable et de la perception de la rĂ©alitĂ©. La nuit apparaĂ®t comme outil de dĂ©couverte, de mystĂ¨re et de plaisir, comme un espace hiĂ©roglyphique qui nous porte Ă imaginer quelque chose au-delĂ de ce que nous voyons rĂ©ellement. Nous entrons dans le domaine du mental, de lâ€™imperceptible, de la dĂ©couverte.
Câ€™est, en somme, une proposition plus sensorielle que raisonnĂ©e, emplie dâ€™Ă©lĂ©ments intangibles qui apparaissent et disparaissent lentement Ă mesure que lâ€™on tourne les pages.
Ce travail a Ă©tĂ© Ă©ditĂ© avec la participation du dĂ©partement du Morbihan dans le cadre dâ€™une rĂ©sidence de crĂ©ation dâ€™Israel AriĂ±o au Domaine de KerguĂ©hennec dâ€™octobre Ă novembre 2016. Il a Ă©galement reĂ§u le soutien et la participation de la Galerie VUâ€™ et de Grisart.
Publisher: Ediciones Anomalas (2017)
Size: 32 x 24 cm
Text by: PĂ©pita Car
â€śBefore I went to Canada, I felt that I was intimately familiar with this part of the world through the pursuit races, the butt stories and the tricks of North American cinema.â€ť Canada Canada is a cinematic fantasy. Canada my own film where I am its main protagonist.
In this documentary series I have constructed the photographs as North American film excerpts in the style of those of Martin Scorcese, the Cohen brothers or Brian de Palma. Each image has its own scenario and each plays its own role in its own reality. A story that encourages us to imagine what happened before and after the shooting.
Canada is a land of welcome and reinvention. We are what we want without being held accountable. By immersing myself in the reality of my models I play with the potential life that could have in Canada, as if I were really the person I embody in the image. Sometimes my real life catches up with me. Seeing the photograph where I tenderly hold the hands of a beautiful woman in our VW combi, my wife worried, immediately telephoned me to find out if we were still together.
Publisher: Filigranes Editions (2017)
Size: 17 x 20 cm
Text by: AnaĂ«l Pigeat
Publisher: Ă‰ditions de l'Ĺ’il (2017)
Size: 21 x 21 cm
Text by: Dominique BaquĂ©
Up to now, I have been photographing a lot of young girls, bring- ing back my childhood and adolescence through them. In these works, the rare masculine gures just played a secondary role.
With this series, I now want to explore the masculine identity in a moment of transition at the end of adolescence. When and how does the boy becomes man? What are the signs of this mutation? How is it diferent from the previous generations?
I produced this series mainly in St Petersburg where a new generation of Russians emerges, born at the time of the Soviet Unionâ€™s collapse.
Sons of the new middle class, those young Russians are now twenty and at the opposite of their parents: they come from all over Russia and chose St Petersburg as the place of their new life.
At odds with an entangled Russia stuck by the heaviness of its structures, they are rmly modern, interested in art and culture, connected with the rest of the world, and they appropriate the codes of the running world.
That new â€śnew manâ€ť de ning himself there is a witness of the mutations of our time.
â€” Claudine Doury
Publisher: Filigranes Editions (co-production : La Galerie ParticuliĂ¨re) (2017)
Size: 22 x 33,5 cm
Text by: Bernard Descamps
Je me souviens que lors dâ€™une agrĂ©able discussion sur la photographie, Edouard Boubat mâ€™avait dit : finalement nous, les photographes, nous tournons inlassablement autour dâ€™une mĂŞme photographie, une sorte dâ€™image parfaite, un graal que nous nâ€™atteignons jamais, et qui serait un autoportrait idĂ©al.
Le grand portraitiste amĂ©ricain Richard Avedon disait aussi : dans mes portraits, lâ€™autre est le miroir de mes propres Ă©tats dâ€™Ă˘me.
Je pense quâ€™en effet, toute photographie est un autoportrait, plus ou moins abouti.
Il en va ainsi pour les portraits. Lâ€™autre est un miroir pour le photographe.
Ce livre rĂ©unit une soixantaine de portraits, de gens connus ou anonymes, dâ€™Afrique, dâ€™Asie, de France, de mon village ou de ma familleâ€¦une soixantaine de trĂ¨s beaux souvenirs, une soixantaine de personnes avec lesquelles je me suis retrouvĂ©, avec qui je partage un certain nombre de valeurs et qui rĂ©alisent donc, collectivement et sans trop le savoir, un autoportrait !â€¦
Publisher: Filigranes Editions (2017)
Size: 21 x 30 cm
Text by: StĂ©phane Duroy
UNKNOWN #2 - THE ENDLESS REWORKING OF A BOOK.
In 2007, StĂ©phane Duroy published Unknown, an anthem to anonymous rebels and people in exile. A few years later, he remade the book by tearing the pages of the original edition and once the new version was completed, he repeated this method over the years to make 29 different and one-off variations of the same book.
What is to be said about this disconcerting, dizzy-making challenge? A displayed desire to be always re-writing the same story, differently? Does it call to mind the quest for a truth and its opposite, supreme chaos? Does it have to do both with the exercise of an extreme concentration and an anarchic outcome? At the beginning and end of Unknown, there is a geography, on the one hand of Europe and its centre, Germany and, on the other, North America, pivotal continent, mealting-pot of exiles and dreams, graveyard of dashed hopes and failures. And as in all geographies, there are rivalries here between centre and periphery, between new world and old, and armies of proletarians and exiles who periodically go from one to the other. At the origin of Unknown there is also the everlasting recommencement of a story, deliverance and oppression, going beyond history and oblivion. Horizon and loss.
Publisher: Filigranes Ă‰ditions (2017)
Size: 24 x 33 cm
Text by: Chema Conesa, Publio Lopez Mondejar, Vicenta Hernandez, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto - en espagnol
Exhibition catalog of "Cespedosa" at Tabacalera, PromociĂłn del Arte, Madrid, (2016-09-16 to 2016-11-13).
El proyecto expositivo del Premio Nacional de FotografĂa 2015, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto, gira en torno a la reconstrucciĂłn de la memoria del autor, en forma de historia grĂˇfica de 39 aĂ±os de producciĂłn fotogrĂˇfica. La exposiciĂłn se centra en Cespedosa de Tormes, un pequeĂ±o pueblo de la provincia de Salamanca, donde nacieron y vivieron los progenitores del autor. A travĂ©s de 200 fotografĂas agrupadas en seis apartados que se complementan con 3 vĂdeos, Castro Prieto muestra una Cespedosa que trasciende la mera descripciĂłn fotogrĂˇfica, que va mĂˇs allĂˇ del documentalismo al uso y que actĂşa como lugar mĂˇgico para el autor, donde da rienda suelta a sus ensoĂ±aciones y sus pulsiones creativas.
Publisher: Ministerio de Educacion, Cultura y Deporte / Aera de Cultura / Auht' Spirit (2016)
Size: 27 x 22 cm
Publisher: Bokforlaget Max StrĂ¶m (2016)
Srebrenica, nuit Ă nuit
Text by: Roger Cohen
Srebrenica, nuit Ă nuit
On 9th July 1995, the Serbian army attacked Srebrenicaâ€™s Muslim ghetto. Nearly 8,000 people were massacred in three days. In Bosnia, and in the rest of the world, the former spa town becomes the symbol of former Yugoslavia's barbarity. Twenty years after what remains the greatest slaughter in Europe after the Second World War, the cityâ€™s history seems frozen in obscurity. A new generation, however, is travelling its ruins and learning as much as it can from its consequences.
This series of photographs by Adrien Selvert, annotated with text by New York Times journalist Roger Cohen, has won numerous awards including the Prix Maison Blanche 2015.
Publisher: Le Bec en l'air (2016)
Size: 19 x 25 cm
Les Chemins Ă©garĂ©s
Text by: Laurent Gaissad & Mathieu Riboulet
Publisher: Le Bec en l'air Editions (2016)
Size: 16,2 x 22,5 cm
Se mettre au monde
Text by: Caroline Recher et David Le Breton
Publisher: Le bec en l'air Ă©ditions (2016)
Size: 22.5 x 28.5 cm
Text by: Phillip Prodger et Sipho Mpongo
I have been working as a documentary photographer for nearly thirty years. Over the past decade I have photographed life in the townships of Langa, Khayelitsha, Philippi and Mitchell's Plain outside of Cape Town, South Africa. My work there began during a Guggenheim Fellowship year for my exploration of the culture of amateur boxing. During my trip, I met people living in Langa and Khayelitsha and began photographing the Luvuyo Boxing Club in Khayelitsha. I felt uncomfortable as another white person with a camera, photographing people with less resources and access to power. Subsequently, I cut my trip short, unsure of the work I was doing and who would actually benefit from it. Upon my return to the States, I looked at the pictures I had made decided to go back to learn more, to further explore post-apartheid life in black communities. After over a dozen trips and more than a thousand rolls of film, I began to believe that the pictures mattered-they were not about people as victims, or about poverty, or any of those things we imagine life in black South African townships to be.
Outside the cities frequented by tourists and business travelers, in vibrant townships, I found beauty and strength and all the contradictions of being human in the people I photographed; a preacher testifying to his rapt congregation; a couple's loving embrace at dayâ€™s end; the proud regard of my friend Sindi in her traditional Xhosa dress; the moving funeral of a young Sotho man; the poetry and grace of a girl dancing on a warm Sunday afternoon; and the striking face of â€śDream Girl,â€ť a young woman studying to be a traditional healer, a â€śsangoma."
This work has taken me into classrooms of overcrowded schools, the emergency room of an underfunded government hospital, burgeoning churches and the homes of those who live there. With South Africaâ€™s current political climate, economic instability and increasing social unrest, these images serve as a reminder of all that is at stake in this fragile new democracy.
From my first body of work, on Basque life and culture in southwest France, to this current project, I have worked in the humanist tradition of photographers such as Dorothea Lange, Eugene Richards and Peter Magubane, striving to make images that foster empathy, understanding, and social change. I endeavor to honestly portray the rich and full range of day-to-day experience of the people I encounter. I have launched this campaign to raise money to defray the costs of a book of these photographs that I am thrilled to be co-publishing with Editions ClĂ©mentine de la FĂ©ronniere. "
Publisher: Editions ClĂ©mentine de la FĂ©ronniere (2016)
Size: 25 x 28 cm
Text by: Denis Dailleux
Denis Dailleux est cĂ©lĂ¨bre pour le portrait inĂ©dit et passionnĂ© de lâ€™Ă‰gypte quâ€™il Ă©labore depuis plus de quinze ans. En quĂŞte de nouveaux espaces de crĂ©ation, il se rend aussi rĂ©guliĂ¨rement au Ghana depuis 2009. Les pĂŞcheurs du port de James Town, ancien quartier dâ€™Accra, la capitale, sont devenus lâ€™un de ses sujets favoris. Il trouve au sein de cette communautĂ© une source dâ€™images fortes?: marines aux ciels changeants, ballets des pĂŞcheurs, vie des femmes et des enfants qui travaillent sur le portâ€¦ Il y explore de nouvelles relations au corps et Ă lâ€™espace, Ă la vie et Ă la mort, Ă la religion, Ă la mer, qui renouvellent sa photographie. La sĂ©rĂ©nitĂ©, lâ€™Ă©vidence picturale de ses images rĂ©enchantent un monde et des territoires aujourdâ€™hui menacĂ©s et sont, Ă ce titre, dâ€™autant plus prĂ©cieuses.
Publisher: Le Bec en l'air (2016)
Size: 20 x 29 cm
Givaudan, une odyssĂ©e des arĂ´mes et des parfums
Text by: Caroline Champion, Annick Le Guerer, Brigitte Proust
Publisher: Editions de La MartiniĂ¨re (2016)
Size: 24 x 31 cm
Belgian Blue Blood
Text by: Olivier de Trazegnies et Pauline de La Boulaye
Belgian Blue Blood
British photographer Rip Hopkins presents us here with a surprising range of 96 portraits he made in Belgium, the country of aristocracy.
Belgian historian Olivier de Trazegnies explores the paradoxes of Belgian aristocracy, while French Author Pauline de la Boulaye, like a botanist pinning a butterfly, examines closely these representations of nobility .
For each family portrayed, its history, titles and motto are explained.
Publisher: Filigranes Editions (2016)
Size: 25 x 34 cm