The Parisian bookstore Artazart will host the launch of Bernard Plossu’s Western Color (Editions Textuel) with the author in attendance. The reception is scheduled for Thursday, June 23, at 6PM. This is an opportunity to discover Plossu’s color photographs made in the United States in the 1970s and 80s.
When Bernard Plossu went to New Mexico in the 1960s, he discovered the sublime landscapes which had marked his imagination when, as a child, he would go to the movies with his father to see Peckinpah’s or Aldrich’s westerns. In contrast to traditional road movies or the spic-and-span America one usually sees on the screen, Plossu’s images combine tumbleweeds rolling across ocher-colored roads in Monument Valley, the sand and the wind of Navaho lands, and the old-fashioned diners and filling stations scattered all around the rural backwater. Plossu’s American Southwest is a Breughel-like painting, with dominant raw, brownish hues. In these images we can sense the photographer’s silent, solitary happiness as well as the plenitude of his life articulated not around specific places or subjects, but around strong sensations and impressions.
Western Color par Bernard Plossu
Thursday, June 23rd – 6pm
83, quai Valmy