Benoit Fougeirol's quiet, meditative photographs explore what happens on the fringes of the city of Paris. These are ambiguous spaces, where man-made constructions and machinery struggle for dominance with nature, which is always ready to reclaim a neglected building, car or railway track.
This kind of subject matter has been photographed before, but Fougeirol's subtlety and nuance makes his book particularly rewarding. The photos open up to reveal bits of ephemeral delight as you spend more time with them. A series of conceptual poems by Michael Batalla conclude the book (in French, with English translations), and nicely complement the photographer's work. Here is an example:
, small shapes
At the threshold of the packed zone
surrounded by levees of rubble ...
. "shards" of walls . pieces of slabs ...
Pioneer flowering of ruderals
fleabane .. nettles .. dwarf sow-thistles from the rubble
their roots draw from the abstract black cement
of the darkinterstitial vacuoles
, the wind irrigates the night of stones
— Jim Casper
Autour / Around
by Benoit Fougeirol
poems by Michael Batalla
Publisher: Editions VMCF
275 x 210 mm
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Book reviewAutour/AroundBenoit Fougeirol makes quiet, meditative photographs of ephemeral situations on the fringes of the city of Paris. His new book includes poems (in French and English) by poet Michael Batalla.View Images
Benoit Fougeirol makes quiet, meditative photographs of ephemeral situations on the fringes of the city of Paris. His new book includes poems (in French and English) by poet Michael Batalla.View Images
Benoit Fougeirol makes quiet, meditative photographs of ephemeral situations on the fringes of the city of Paris. His new book includes poems (in French and English) by poet Michael Batalla.
Villers-le-Bel 2006 © Benoit Fougeirol
Bobigny 2003 © Benoit Fougeirol
Le Blanc-Mesnil 2008 © Benoit Fougeirol
Bobigny 2005 © Benoit Fougeirol
Paris XVIIIth 2000 © Benoit Fougeirol
Paris XVIIth 2009 © Benoit Fougeirol
Pantin 2003 © Benoit Fougeirol
Pantin 2008 © Benoit Fougeirol
Pantin 2008 © Benoit Fougeirol
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