The Eclipse offers a panorama of photographs by Stéphane Charpentier in silver black and white, captured over a decade in Greece, a country reflecting a world plunged into economic, political and human crises. But more than a documentary or an intimate essay, The Eclipse reveals different levels of reading and meaning. The book combines poetic images of a suffering humanity, with an iconography that is both symbolic and dreamlike, almost metaphysical. Interludes composed of mosaics of rephotographed prints evoke this density and this contemporary chaos, while the last sequence of images opens onto natural, virgin and dazzling spaces, from which all the light finally springs.
The texts in English and French are transcriptions of recorded dialogues and form a background sound on this present torn between struggle and hope.
Stéphane Charpentier presents an introspective and existential photography in black and white film, ensuring himself all the stages of production, the manual development and the creation of the prints in the darkroom. He has produced numerous exhibitions for nearly twenty years in France and internationally, and he also shows his work in the form of books, photographic films and image and sound performances.
Stéphane Charpentier : The Eclipse
88 images + mosaics
graphics: Typical Organization / photoengraving: Guillaume Geneste
selling price: 38 euros
ISBN : 979-10-95233-13-8