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Valérie Simonnet


Somewhere, somewhere certainly but where? “I don’t believe in photographic objectivity any more than in the novel and photographic realism seems to me a pitfall or a wonderful false track for telling stories. To use Cocteau’s quote, photography is a lie that tells the truth. The truth that I am trying to approach is certainly not that of the world but much more modestly mine. My images have been described as interior landscapes and this is probably the definition I prefer of my work. Each image has no other purpose than to try to convey, to bring before my eyes an emotion, a thought, an inner feeling. The only truth I am looking for is an accuracy in relation to me. Do not cheat with what you are, it is already an adventure more than difficult and which curiously allows you to go to meet others. The more we tell the truth about ourselves in a sincere singularity, the deeper we go and the more we reach a kind of common truth. Curiously, my photographic approach is very little constructed,...

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