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What do photographs want? Do they need any accompaniment in today's image-saturated society? Can writing inflect photography (or vice versa) in such a way that neither medium takes precedence? Or are they in constant, inexorable battle with each other? Taking nine case studies from the 1990s French-speaking world (from France, North Africa and the Caribbean), this book attempts to define the interaction between non-fictional written text (caption, essay, fragment, poem) and photographic image. Having considered three categories of 'intermediality' between text and photography - the collaborative, the self-collaborative and the retrospective - the book concludes that the dimensions of their interaction are not simple and two-fold (visuality versus/alongside textuality), but threefold and therefore 'complex'. Thus, the photo-text, as defined here, is concerned as much with orality - the demotic, the popular, the vernacular - as it is with visual and written culture. That text-image collaborations give space to the spoken, spectral traces of human discourse, suggests that the key element of the photo-text is its radical provisionality.

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In todays image-saturated society, photograph and text live side-by-side, engaged in a complex collaboration. Andy Stafford critically examines this interplay in Photo-texts, taking nine case studies from the 1990s French-speaking world and looking at the interaction between non-fictional written texts (caption, essay, fragment, poem) and photographic images. The “photo-text,” as he defines it, is concerned as much with the oral as it is with visual and written culture. That text-image collaborations give space to the spoken, spectral traces of spoken human discourse suggests that the key element of the photo-text is its radical provisionality—that it is inherently unstable and ever-changing. This pathbreaking study offers a vital resource for scholars in contemporary French and francophone cultures.

About the Author

Andy Stafford is a senior lecturer in French at the University of Leeds.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

List of Illustrations

Introduction

1. Image-text: From the 'Photobook' to 'Photo-essayism'

2. Found Family Photos: Voicing in Anne-Marie Garat's Essayism

3. My Favourite Piccies: Sequencing, Structuring and Essayism in Photo-Anthologies by Régis Debray and Denis Roche

4. Distance and Self in Raymond Depardon's Errance

5. Regards croisés: The Moroccan City by Tahar Ben Jelloun

6. Fabulation in Fragments: Leïla Sebbar's Algeria through the Photography of Marc Garanger

7. Patrick Chamoiseau and Rodolphe Hammadi in the Penal Colony: Photo-text and Memory-traces

8. 'Paradis sans espoir'? Philippe Tagli's 'Photo-graffiti' in the Parisian Banlieue

9. 'La légende de l'histoire': Bernard Noël's Captions for Photography of the Paris Commune

Conclusion: Silence, Orality, History

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781846310522
Author:
Stafford, Andrew
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
Author:
Stafford, Andy
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
European - French
Subject:
Photography-Theory and Criticism
Subject:
French
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Liverpool University Press - Contemporary French & Francophone Cultures
Series Volume:
14
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 b/w illustrations
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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"Synopsis" by , In todays image-saturated society, photograph and text live side-by-side, engaged in a complex collaboration. Andy Stafford critically examines this interplay in Photo-texts, taking nine case studies from the 1990s French-speaking world and looking at the interaction between non-fictional written texts (caption, essay, fragment, poem) and photographic images. The “photo-text,” as he defines it, is concerned as much with the oral as it is with visual and written culture. That text-image collaborations give space to the spoken, spectral traces of spoken human discourse suggests that the key element of the photo-text is its radical provisionality—that it is inherently unstable and ever-changing. This pathbreaking study offers a vital resource for scholars in contemporary French and francophone cultures.
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