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Diapositive. Histoire de la photographie projetée


Editions Noir sur Blanc

Publication date : 2017/06/08
co-published with Editions du Musée de l'Elysée
Weight 1088 g / Dimensions 21.5 x 27.6 cm / 240 pages / french
ISBN 9782882504784

If the history of photography was built around the question of printing, photographic projection has known an important development since the last third of the 19th century, notably in the tradition of magic lantern shows. For a long time restricted to the field of education, public lectures and popular entertainment, projected photography also developed among amateur photographers. It is from the 1960s onwards that artistic creation integrates the slide, when conceptual artists seize it as an alternative means of creation.

The book, organized in four main thematic sections (the image of light, the device, the sequence and the session), presents the specificities of the slide. The iconographic selection integrates the diversity of these practices in order to give an account of its impact on visual culture and its evolution. It includes works by amateurs and professional photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz and Helen Levitt; it shows its uses in education and popular entertainment; its integration into the field of design such as the projections of Le Corbusier and Charles and Ray Eames ; as well as representative works of the interest of conceptual artists in projection from the 1960s onwards such as Dan Graham, Robert Smithson, Jan Dibbets, Allan Sekula, Nan Goldin, Runo Lagomarsino, James Coleman, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, and Krzysztof Wodiczko.

The publication includes four essays and an interview with the artist Krzysztof Wodiczko, internationally recognized for his cultural and social engagement through his large-scale outdoor projections, presented in a dozen countries.

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