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Association Helio : 16e Rencontres du Livre et de la Photographie : “What is photography to you?”


Following the success of the first two editions in 2018 and 2019, the Helio association presents from December 11, 2021 to January 15, 2022, at the Nadar gallery of the André Malraux media library in Tourcoing, the 3rd edition of the project initiated by Bernard Plossu.

The photographer wished to invite his friend (s) photographers to participate in a group exhibition and asked them to answer a question:

“What is photography to you? “.

The exhibition presents 140 photographs by Daniel ANIZON, Jean-Christophe BÉCHET, Gregor BELTZIG, Bernard BEROS, Jean-Pierre BONFORT, Joseph CHARROY, Yves CUILLANDRE, Marcello DE MASI, Lin DELPIERRE, Éric DESSERT, Michèle DOLLMANN, Philippe FOURCADIER, Pascal GRIMAUD , Rémi GUERRIN, Xavier GUINAND, Frédéric GUY, Claude IVERNÉ, Pierre-Jérôme JEHEL, Claude KLEMENT, Sylvain LENFLE, Alain LICARI, Daniel MAIGNÉ, Laure MAUGEAIS, Richard MONIN, Claude NORI, Françoise NUÑEZ, Nicolas QUINETTE, Christian RAMADE, Olivier REYNAUD , Rima SAMMAN, Djan SEYLAN, Patrick TABERNA, Thierry URBAIN and Michel VERMARE.

The inauguration will take place on December 11 from 3 p.m. at the André Malraux media library in Tourcoing. A photo book fair will be organized and will allow photographers participating in the project to offer their books.

The book “What is photography for you?” », Published on this occasion, which brings together the texts and photographs of the 104 authors will be presented and available for sale.


“What is photography to you?” By Bernard Plossu

Photography is practiced with all kinds of visions, means, and philosophies. Everyone has their own reasons for doing it and their own way of practicing it, to communicate their impressions, their language, their vibrations if I may say so … a word from my generation.

I wondered what a lot of photographic friends of different generations would answer to the simple question: “What do you think photography is? ”

Suddenly, the exhibition project in Tourcoing has become this possibility and, by mixing the very varied styles and visions, perhaps we will have a larger idea of ​​the why, of the how… These answers becoming sesames of this need that we all have to see and thus to understand and love to share what we say in pictures.

I hope this exhibition will please with its variety of responses.

Since the beginning of the adventure of these exhibitions,

between trips, I realize that there are other photographers that I love and to whom I would very much like to ask this question about photography.

Still the passion for photography

To be continued… ???

Bernard Plossu


“What is photography to you?” : Melania Avanzato

Photography is a presence in the world, it is Kairos’s watchful eye,

the thread on which our desires hang in an instant,

our aspirations and our nostalgia are exactly us, anchored in a fluid world,

in the illusion of a manageable time, it is the frenzied desire to live and to share.


Association Helio : 16e Rencontres du Livre et de la Photographie “What is photography to you? ”

From December 11, 2021 to January 15, 2022

Galerie Nadar – Médiathèque André Malraux

26 rue Famelart – Tourcoing

Opening of the exhibition on Saturday December 11, 2021

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