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PHOT’Aubrac 2020 : Maurice Subervie


Coming from 2 generations of printer-publishers, I found myself sitting on the benches from the Estienne School (Arts et Métiers du Livre), in Paris, at the age of 18.

It was in the Parisian bustle of this wonderful school that I discovered photography.

Gemini ascendant Gemini, I had a dual career: photographer and editor of high-end postcards (in Greece in 1979 to begin with) and photo books.

Maurice Subervie



We were lucky, Colette (my wife) and I, to travel a lot in the years 80 to 90: Greece, Egypt, Morocco, Nepal, Burma, India, New York, and… Paris!

In those years, each country had an identity, a culture, a way of life, which was clean and unique and which inevitably generated emotional shocks for us, humble visitors, very conducive to photographic creativity.

The Greeks themselves, for example, were unaware of the richness and originality of their way of life.

The arrival of television, then globalization, got the better of this wealth.

The world has become unified, standardized, trivialized …

It is this vanished or disappearing world, pejoratively referred to as the Old World, that I nostalgically found in my archives and that I wanted to show.

Maurice Subervie



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