In 1978, Thierry Girard approached the french territories of North and Pas-de-Calais as an artist-surveyor with chance meetings and intuitions. He continued this adventure several years in a row, magnetized by what he discovered and transmits of the daily life and the working world. In 2017 and 2018, Thierry Girard decided to go back on his own tracks from West to East, through the mining basin as a return to the origin of his photographic work.
Le Monde d’après, published by Light Motiv Editions, interweaves these visions of an upheaved territory, seized forty years apart by the same photographer turned to the heart of the world, sensitive to men, and the landscapes envisaged as a reflection of the human activity. He himself has evolved in his way of being there and in what he calls, as a craftsman, the way of looking.
The book is built on the assembly of two lines of forces (black and white Leica in the 80s, color in medium digital format in 2017-18) merged into a single block, which transcribes the unique look posed on the world by Thierry Girard. It is undoubtedly a unique work in its conception, the first time that a photographer explores simultaneously the present and the past of the same journey. The model of the book developed with the studio Agnès Dahan, engage the story in a rhythmic reading, leaping from one time to another. Almost supernatural for the reader. At first, everything seems so far in black and white, and yet over the pages, insensibly the color approaches as if to come together at the end of the book, present and past confused in the last images.
Thierry Girard – Le Monde d’après
Light Motiv Editions