La Chambre by Raymond Depardon. First edition (2020). First impression. Large format hardback in new condition. Housed in a slipcase. Limited edition of 500 copies. Signed and numbered by Raymond Depardon to a dedicated page to rear of book. This is number 194. Each photograph in the book is pasted by hand on the upper side only, positioned in a dry embossing at the original format of the negative. No markings. This is a new book. Text in French. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About La Chambre
Raymond Depardon was originally from the French rural area of Saône et Loire. He was born and raised in the Garet’s familial farm, that also saw him become a photographer. He first published an eponymous book on the farm in 1994 which gained critical acclaim. Then, in 2020, as a tribute to this important place for him, Depardon offers a journey through iconic images. Taken in colour also with the photographic chamber. So, this large format negative with long exposure transforms each image into a singular scene. A silent passage within and around the farm which left its mark on the family’s history. The smallest details, trivial in appearance, become a photographic subject. A chair, table, wallpaper pattern, each element brings us into the photographer’s memory in a permanent tension between past and present.
The book questions the relation to time and the universal concept of memory, highlighted by philosopher Jacques Rancière in his essay specially written for the book.
Raymond Depardon, born in France in 1942, began taking photographs on his family farm in Garet at the age of 12. Apprenticed to a photographer optician in Villefranche-sur-Saône, he then left for Paris in 1958.
He joined the Dalmas agency in Paris in 1960 as a reporter, and then in 1966 he co-founded the Gamma agency, reporting from all over the world. From 1974 to 1977, as a photographer and filmmaker, he covered the kidnap of a French ethnologist, François Claustre, in northern Chad. Alongside his photographic career, he also began to make documentary films: 1974, Une Partie de Campagne and San Clemente.
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