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Steidl : Martin d’Orgeval : Sur Face


In Sur Face, Martin d’Orgeval captures lyrical details of everyday surfaces, small visual miracles that we might otherwise miss. Whether it is paint splattered on a road, a dirt-covered windshield, a hushed heap of snow or delicate folded paper forms defined in strong light, d’Orgeval’s focus is on patiently accumulating, in Erri De Luca’s words, a “collection of visions” that reveals the extraordinary in the mundane. “But where does he see such things?” continues De Lucca, “In what sort of place do these photographs exist? I’ve roamed this world for longer than him and I’ve never found the like—nothing to remind me of what these surfaces display. They are statements of matter revealing itself to him, saying: I am this. Yet it is said only to him, to the apple of his eye.”

Martin d’Orgeval was born in 1973 in Paris, where he still lives and works. His photography has been exhibited in institutions and museums including the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; La Monnaie, Paris; Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris; Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; LACMA, Los Angeles; and at Galerie Hussenot, Paris; Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; Adamson Gallery, Washington; and Pace Gallery, Beijing. He participated in the two last large exhibitions curated by Jan Hoet, “Middle Gate Geel’ 13” (2013) and “De Zee (The Sea)” (2014). D’Orgeval’s books with Steidl include Touched by Fire (2009) and The Soul (2010).


Martin d’Orgeval: SUR FACE

Text by Erri De Luca

Published by Steidl

Book Design: Mai-Loan Gaudez and Holger Feroudj/Steidl Design

72 pages, 32 images

10.5 x 13 in. / 26.3 x 33 cm

Clothbound / Hardcover

US$ 45.00 / € 40.00

ISBN 978-3-95829-700-5

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