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Photo-Texts: Contemporary French Writing of the Photographic Image (Liverpool University Press - Contemporary French & Francopho)by Andrew Stafford
Synopses & Reviews
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.
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
List of Illustrations
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
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