It is probably one of the smaller French photography festivals. Its name: the Rencontres Photo Imajeu – Maromme. It brings together 30 enthusiasts, crazy about photographs. It was to be held until December. The theme this year was “Plants in all their states” Of course the virus killed it, so we decided to bring it to life and show it to you. Here are some pictures with this presentation text of its president Pierre Olingue.
Imajeu is a workshop dedicated to the practice and reflection on the photographic image, based in Maromme in Normandy in the agglomeration of Rouen. It brings together around thirty amateur and professional members, Marommais or not, whose research, conceptions and approaches are very diverse. The workshop is open to the life of the photographic art of today, in connection with personalities, galleries and exhibition venues in the region and beyond.
Imajeu was created in 1972 and it was in 1981 that the first photographic encounters took place which, the following year, took on a common theme. These exhibitions represent the culmination of the personal and collective work of the year. The “image players” are helped in the reflection, the artistic preparation, by a referent photographer who can also be a guest photographer such as R. Doisneau, W. Ronis, F. Horvat, B. Plossu …
In 2012 it was Denis Darzacq; in 2013 Claudine Doury; in 2014 Gilles Saussier; in 2015 Olivia Gay; in 2016 and 2017 Christophe Maout; in 2018 and 2019 Marina Gadonneix and in 2020 Erwan Fichou … This tutoring is done in relation to the chosen theme, through meetings, internships during the year where points of view are confronted, personal projects are refined , to culminate in the annual exhibition in November.
This new photographic series: “The plant in all their states”, evokes among others, ecology, nature, under the prism of poetry, dreams or realism and without a doubt, concern for our planet.
While we were hanging this exhibition, the decision of a new confinement unfortunately hit the celebration of the fortieth edition with full force.