Photo-texts: Contemporary French Writing of the Photographic Image (Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 14)

Photo-texts: Contemporary French Writing of the Photographic Image (Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 14)

By: Andrew Stafford (author)Hardback

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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.

About Author

Andy Stafford is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Leeds and co-editor of 'The Modern Essay in French' (Peter Lang, 2005) among other publications.


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 Regis Debray and Denis Roche 4. Distance and Self in Raymond Depardon's Errance 5. Regards croises: The Moroccan City by Tahar Ben Jelloun 6. Fabulation in Fragments: Leila 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 legende de l'histoire': Bernard Noel's Captions for Photography of the Paris Commune Conclusion: Silence, Orality, History Notes Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781846310522
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781846310522
  • ISBN10: 1846310520

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