jan 152011

In Almost Every Picture est une série de livres de photographie initié par Erik Kessels qui reprend un principe simple : rassembler des photos amateurs d’une personne au cours des années. C’est aussi hilarant que troublant. Par exemple, son dernier livre  In Almost Every Picture N°9 : Black Dogs montre le combat d’une famille à travers les années pour photographier leur chien noir dont le visage est constamment invisible.

Pour voir la liste complète des livres déjà publiés, c’est page suivante : in ENGLISH

In Almost Every Picture #1 : Wife.  It  is a collection of remarkably consistent shots of a wife by her husband on holiday in Barcelona.

In Almost Every Picture #2 : Taxi . Over the course of many trips together, the anonymous taxi driver takes dozens of photographs of his female rider, the taxi they drive in and the places he takes her. In Almost Every Picture we see the passenger and taxi in a new location, a place they have traveled to or through, on their way to some final destination.

In Almost Every Picture #3 : Motion Detection Animals.  a look at pictures taken with a camera that detects motion. We witness self-made portraits of deer and other small animals in nature; a reality that humans are not privy to, even when stomping around in the woods. The images capture these animals and bring us face to face with them in a sudden, unexpected flash.

In Almost Every Picture #4 : Twins. Two sisters, sororal twins, grow up right before our eyes, diligently arranging dresses, coats, belts, shoes, gloves and often hairstyles that are identical. We see them promenading and posing for the camera in Barcelona during World War II. At a certain moment the tragedy of war manages to invade the photographs. We see a space left for the twin sister and we can only imagine what the cause of her absence could be.

In Almost Every Picture #5 : Dalmatian. is a special and photogenic Dalmatian dog. Over the dog’s lifetime we watch a beloved member of the family grow up and accompany her owners in their adventures.

In Almost Every Picture #6 : Passport photographs. By collecting and documenting her passport photographs over some 60 years, the woman in this book demarcated her life in black and white. It is difficult to imagine a more minimalist autobiography, a lifetime compressed into just 75 extremely similar photographs.

In Almost Every Picture #7 : Shooting gallery. This chronological collection begins in 1936, when a 16 year old Dutch girl picks up a gun and shoots at the target in a fairground shooting gallery. Every time she hits the target, it triggers the shutter of a camera, and a portrait of a girl in firing pose is taken and given as a prize. This series documents almost every year of the womans life up until present times, where at the age of 88 the woman still makes her pilgrimage to the Shooting Gallery.

In Almost Every Picture #8 : Oolong. This time its subject is one of the earliest successful photographic blogs, a site documenting the story of Oolong, a Japanese rabbit whose unusually flat head made it ideal for balancing objects. Starting in 1999, hundreds of images were posted by Oolongs owner, Akutagawa Hironori, each showing this otherwise ordinary creature with an unusual item placed squarly on his skull. These items, ranging form cakes and teapots to other household objects, were always shot in low resolution and from the same angle.

In Almost Every Picture #9 : Black Dogs. The story of one family’s attempts to photograph their black dog over several decades. Posed usually with his owners in domestic settings, for years the lack of light and camera limitations make the dog appear as a vague blob. Only at the book’s uplifting conclusion does the family’s equipment and technique match their ambition, as their pet is finally captured in all his glory, illustrating a tale of optimism and perseverance.

[Kessels Kramer Publishing]

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