Ici au loin (Here far away) is a retrospective covering over forty years of photography in almost as many countries. Despite that, the discrete title chosen by Finnish photographer Pentti Sammallahti refers to the paradox that wants one photograph always to represent a here-and-now. The encounter, on the walls of an exhibition or in the pages of a book, between the artist and the viewer is an encounter clearly subject to the law of impermanence, but it always reflects their mutual capacity to establish a dialogue, to project the past captured by the photo in the viewer’s present and future....
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