Photographer and writer, Alain Dister (1941-2008) became known in 1966 by publishing in the very young magazine Rock&Folk a reportage on the beatniks and buzzing hippies in America. There he made surprising encounters with “beginners” named Beach Boys, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix…Thus introducing a whole generation in Europe to this youth culture of which he remained more than a privileged witness, a real actor.
If the beat spirit plays a central role in the work of Alain Dister, it applies more broadly to what he describes as a “state of travel”: a certain gaze focused on the American space, on the impermanence of things, on the margins of a progressively disenchanted society.
America remained his favorite ground for half a century and he made a colorful chronicle of it, punctuated by backstage encounters with surprisingly accessible rock stars, but also with the“invisibles”, along the urban sidewalks of California, New York, and the transcontinental roads…
Marie Hélène Fraïssé
Alain Dister : En Amérique
Preface by François Busnel
Publisher Albin Michel
Size 27cm x 25cm
Number of pages 320