And Peter Wyss photographed Aurore Clément off guard.
It was during an improvised shoot and in the pale morning light that Peter Wyss captured Aurore Clément in tears in an exercise in modesty. The photographer has not published these photos. He gave them to the actress in a small black notebook that has become a “life companion”, she says, but she doesn’t dare look at it.
It was only much later that she entrusted it to one of her poet and writer friends. He found the words for it. Texts and images became for her a revelation: “making this moment of my life when I ceased to be, to become, her true destiny, fatal in a sense.”
Hence, after Giacometti’s Walking Man, the one that goes and “endlessly flees”. Existential, photographic and poetic considerations mix to update a kind of enchantment at the heart of life’s disenchantments.
It is beautiful and simple far from any logos or sentimental imagery. Hence this exceptional book where nudity (of the soul) is inscribed on the perfect face of the actress despite her tears. In front of her, rigor is required: she gives intensity to such takes and their traces to the woman who inevitably moves away. To better find herself.
Nothing gratuitous with Wyss who is everything except a paparazzo. Proof of a sustained attention to what happens in the ceremony of the present and a shock where the actress leaves to become in an endless journey.
Aurore Clément – Une femme sans fin s’enfuit
Peter Wyss (photographs) and Mathieu Terence (text),
The M editions, Paris
Limited edition of 500 numbered copies and 10 head copies accompanied by a unique print (to choose from 10 different images)
Design : Studio Des Signes
ISBN : 979-10-95424-32-1