Benard Plossu is a man of letters. In a literal sense. Since the second half of the 20th century, around the world his photographs captured the words of our daily life like visual haikus. Guns in Arizona, A l’avenir in France, Diablos en el cielo in Mexico… All these messages and symbols which, like a game, a puzzle, shape the modern landscape that surrounds us, the photographer freezes them in his images, illuminating his compositions in a new light, both poetic and committed.
At Château Palmer, in Margaux, with the complicity of Arrêt sur l’image galerie, thirty-seven Bernard Plossu photographs, accompanied by texts taken from publications that he co-authored, deliver these expressions of Modern Times. Somewhere between chance and mastery. With poetry and humor. And always with the same techniques. The photographer remains loyal to his 50 mm lens, and black and white film. A consummate art taking on time shifts, giving testimony to the written, visual adventure of its time. “Such an active participation in daily labor, and not this passive silence crushed by screens.” Writing games in visual pleasures, a way for a gentle rebellion.
Bernard Plossu, Jeux d’écriture
From January 13 through April 27, 2018