In this book, Forts des confins, edited by Arnaud Bizalion, Michel Eisenlohr has highlighted the fortified heritage of the 19th and 20th centuries, located on border territories between France and Italy (Roya-Bevera, Ubaye, Briançonnais) . Not the most famous sites, but those, more numerous and less accessible, which mark out the heights of the mountains, sometimes buried, camouflaged in the landscape or on the contrary impressive and majestic like signals of defense, silhouettes of lookouts.
Over the seasons, the objective has been to offer another story of these places, where the “great” History rubs shoulders with that of the smallest. Where drama and mystery come together. On some sites, battles were fought and the walls bear the scars. In others, it was the long, exhausting, wait of the men for months without anything moving. These are now silent stories, intimately linked to a landscape of overwhelming power. The report echoes the spirit of the first photographic missions of the 19th century. An artistic vision that goes beyond the primary function of these places to reveal their great visual force and mystery.
This photographic vision is accompanied by a text by Bernard Collet, art critic.