Synopses & Reviews
A powerful and moving portrait of the hard lives of French family farmers living and working in the Forez region of Francea subject matter reminiscent of the work of the Farm Security Administration.
Born and brought up in the area, Christophe Agou was inspired and moved by the authenticity and charisma of the people he encountered. He presents an intimate and touching portrait of their labor-intensive lives.
Christophe Agou came to prominence with his compelling body of work made in the New York subwaypublished as Life Below in 2004.
Winner of the European Publishers Award For Photography. Story by noted art critic and author John Berger.
About the Author
Born in 1969 in a small village in the Massif Central area of France. In 1992 he moved to New York where he developed a love for the city and photography. He first came to prominence with his compelling body of work made in the New York subway &ndash published as Life Below
in 2004. (Quantuck Lane/WW Norton and Company)
He was a finalist for the prestigious Eugene Smith Award (2006), for Le Prix de la Photographie de lAcadémie des Beaux-Arts de Paris (2008) and received a Mention Spéciale for le Prix Kodak de la Critique Photographique (2009).
His photographs have been widely published and exhibited including shows at MOMA, New York; Jeu de Paume, Paris; Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; Les Rencontres D'Arles, France and Noorderlicht Fotofestival, The Netherlands.
His work is held in the following collections:
Neuberger Museum of Art, USA
Joy of Giving Something Inc., USA
The National Museum of American History, USA
The New York Historical Society, USA
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, USA
The Akron Arts Museum, USA
The New York Public Library, USA
The Fnac Photograohy Collection, France
John Berger. John Berger, art critic, novelist, painter and author, was the 1972 winner of the Booker Prize with his novel G. His book on art criticism Ways of Seeing is recognised as one of the seminal texts on the subject.