La ou Ailleurs

by Jehsong baak



La ou Ailleurs by Jehsong Baak. First edition (2006). First impression. Hardcover large format in very good condition. No marking. Please see photos. PayPal accepted, any questions please contact us.

About La ou Ailleurs

My first book which was published in 2006 by Robert Delpire in Paris. Most of the work in this book was done from the time I arrived in Paris in 1998 to shortly before the publication, pictures taken in Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, the States, Seoul, and a few other places in between. It was Delpire who came up with the title, Là ou Ailleurs. In English, it’s “Here or Somewhere Else”. When I asked Bob (as people who knew Delpire called him) the meaning of this title, he said, “Both you and your pictures are neither here nor there. You’re a rootless gypsy floating here or somewhere else looking for a place to land.”

As a young man in New York trying to find my way in photography, two books were my Bible that I turned to regularly for inspiration:  Robert Frank’s “The Americans” and Josef Koudelka’s “Gypsies”. Prior to Bob proposing to publish this book in 2002, I had gone through three years of frustrations with three publishers in France and one in the U.S. It never occurred to me that the man who had published these seminal books that had meant so much to me would one day publish a book of my own work. I think it’s pretty safe to say that had I not gotten support from Bob, I would have packed up and returned to New York…and who knows how my life would have turned out then.

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