Photo-Rapide: Eleven Books
By Francois Deschamps
New Paltz, New York: Papyrus Productions, 2017. Edition of 20.
11 books, each 8 x 8", 32 pages. Each perfect bound with glossy covers. In lidded Kraft box with drop side for pulling books. Colophon tipped in lid interior. Signed and numbered by the artist.
Francois Deschamps: "Photo-Rapide: Eleven Books documents a photographic project undertaken in locations reflecting widely divergent cultures. The images were made as collaborative portraits between the photographer and his subject. The process involves taking several photographs of a person who then selects the image to be printed on the spot using a portable printer. The resulting photograph is given to the subject mounted in a frame of their choosing made by the artist. The books in this box were produced between 2011 and 2016.
Acadiana: "photographs made in March 2015 in the Arcadian region of Louisiana. … The Louisiana Cajuns who populate Acadiana, descendants of the 1750's Great Explusion (Le Grand Derangement) from the Canadian Maritimes, are a deeply individualistic people steeped in memories of a vague cultural past.".
Affections: "photographs of relationships made over a period of three years from 2012 – 2015. … Couples joined by affection, love, or habit are one of the great mysteries of life."
Artists and Art Students: "photographs made in 2013-2014. These fellow artists and students never cease to amaze and inspire the photographer."
Floridians: "photographs made during a 3 week trip to central west Florida in January 2014. … The population of Florida is a vibrant mix of races, cultures, and languages that give the visitor the feeling of being in another country."
Francois, Newfoundland (32 pages): "photographs made in the summer of 2014 in Francois, an outport of 107 inhabitants on Newfoundland."
Hunters of Mali: "photographs made in March 2011 in the Bandiagarah, Mali. … The Malian hunters are a knowledgeable confederation of shamans adept at understanding the Malian bush."
Maine Islanders (32 pages): "photographs made in the summer of 2014 on the island of Vinalhaven, Maine. … These islanders and island visitors are hardy and adventurous as they inhabit a world at once isolated from and connected to American society."
Newburgh, New York (32 pages): "photographs made in 2014 nearby the corner of Broadway and William Street. … The creative resilience of the people of Newburgh is deeply inspiring."
Photo-Rapide Polska: "photographs made in June 2016, primarily in Lodz, Poland during Fotofestival. … Set in the historical, crumbling, and revitalized town of Lodz, Fotofestival 2016 was a spectacular event brilliantly curated by my friend, Alison Nordstrom."
Shipibos of Peru (32 pages): "photographs made in January of 2015 in Contagallo, Lima and in the Amazon around Pucallpa. …. The Shipibo are a creative and proud people working to negotiate their cultural values within the demands of the 21st century."
Some Canadians: "photographs made in the summer of 2014 in the Canadian Maritimes."