Pierre Toussaint - 'Tel'

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10/06/2020 - 06/09/2020

Pierre Toussaint - 'Tel'

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Tel, his most recent portfolio, reveals a radical approach to this quest: at first in the lack of a subject as such, as if it was a study of nothingness, then in the avoidance of contextualisation. For there is no indication of place – how could we guess that these photographs were taken in Vietnam? – and no indication of period, apart from the fact that they were obviously taken in the age of photography. Finally, in the modest form, even if we could believe that it is, by default, at the centre of the photographer’s preoccupations: there are no spectacular aesthetics, no exaggerated contrasts and no giddying high-angle or low-angle shots.

In short, we find no story, no will to describe what has happened, and, moreover, no will to draw attention to forms. So what can we find? Without any doubt whatsoever, an attachment to the syntax of photographic images, to the relationship between the blurred and the clear, to their respective textures, to the difference between blurred focussing and the disturbance caused by movement, to shades of grey, to the specks of silver and their reflections, to the paper and its glossiness.
All of these attachments show that the photographer is in love with the material intimacy of traditional film photography.

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