Cover: Brigitte Zieger, Women are Different from Men


1 - Brigitte Zieger, Women are Different from Men
Presented by Véronique Terrier Hermann

2 - Robert Doisneau, Polar photographie
Presented by Clément Chéroux

3 - Jitish Kallat, The Cry of the Gland
Presented by Sam Stourdzé

4 - Foto-esculturas
Presented by Graciela Iturbide

5 - Luc Chessex, Le Visage de la révolution
Presented by Sam Stourdzé

6 - Jan-Dirk van der Burg, Desire Lines
Presented by Erik Kessels

7 - Charles Fréger, Wilder Mann
Presented by Pauline Martin

8 - Luciano Rigolini, Portes
Presented by Quentin Bajac

9 - Olivier Cablat, Etudes typologiques des effets de causalité observés sur des individus exposés à des épreuves physiques à caractère podologique
Presented by Sam Stourdzé

10 - Mishka Henner, Collected Portraits
Presented by Joachim Schmid

11 - Brancusi, Marie, Kemp, Dans le Marc du café
Presented by Clément Chéroux

12 - Hans Eijkelboom, Identity
Presented by Erik Kessels

13 - Tiane Doan na Champassak, The King of Photography
Presented by Frédérique Destribats

14 - Martin Crawl, Portrait of the Artist as a Daring Young American

Photograpy's Classifiers

The tough part was to make it happen. Now, comes the pleasure of carrying on with it.

Since you are holding in your hands the second issue of ELSE, we can indeed say that it does exist.

It is a magazine with its biannual periodicity; it is the Musée de l’Elysée’s strange magazine; the Swiss magazine for photography, for the other photography.

Even more surprising, this new issue of ELSE reasserts the possibility of an encounter between various genres, artistic and vernacular, and that of a dialogue between eras, between past and contemporary.

And should culprits be designated, fingers should then be pointed at artists who, as in the case of Brigitte Zieger, Martin Crawl or Luciano Rigolini, take hold, divert and appropriate images for themselves.

So to make sense of all that, both the rigor of the archivist and the precision of the librarian had to be convened. It was all about sorting, distributing, grouping, putting in order, listing, cataloguing, classifying, categorizing. So the team at ELSE went on with all of that, wholeheartedly, even with humor, at times. So what is there to be found in this issue?

Some photographic reminiscence: with an attempt to produce a composite image of a photographer’s body of work, with exquisite shooters, or with a typology of soccer; photosculptures collected by one of photography’s great Lady; found photographs - but not just anywhere! - in an American garage, in Thailand with a King or at the police’s photographer. Images within images, obsessive series - of course! - staged, or interpreted by a medium, of which we know that they did appeal to Brancusi.

Icing on the magazine, there is even Doisneau, so unexpected that he could even one day end up in Richard Prince’s collection!

Sam Stourdzé
Director of the Musée de l'Elysée (2010-2014)


Quentin Bajac
Chief Curator of Photography, Centre Pompidou—Musée national d’art moderne, Paris. He is the author of many books: La Photographie: Du Daguerréotype au numérique (Gallimard, 2010) and Le mélange des genres - Entretiens avec Martin Parr (édition Textuel, 2010). His most recent exhibitions include Dreamlands (2010), Valérie Jouve—en attente (2010) and La Subversion des images: surréalisme, photographie, film (2009).

Clément Chéroux
Photography Curator at the Centre Pompidou – Musée national d'art moderne. A Photography Historian and Doctor in Art History, he runs the magazine Etudes photographiques. He curated the exhibitions Mémoire des camps: photographies des camps de concentration et d’extermination nazis, 1933-1999 (2001), Le Troisième oeil: la photographie et l’occulte (2004), La Subversion des images: surréalisme, photographie, film (2009), Shoot! La photographie existentielle (2010), Edvard Munch: l’oeil moderne (2011), Derrière le rideau, l’esthétique Photomaton (2012).

Martin Crawl
Artist born (1967) in the United States, he lives and works in Paris. He recently published En rêvant à partir/After (coll. No Picture Available, Musée de l’Elysée, June 2011). The series Where to be when the past is over was shown in Arles, as part of the exhibition From Here On (2011). The series Portrait of the Artist as a Daring Young American was exhibited at Paris Photo (2011). He has also published a text in the catalogue released on the occasion of the exhibition Derrière le rideau, l’esthétique Photomaton (2012).

Frédérique Destribats
Translator, she collects photography and photography books.

Erik Kessels
Creative Director at KesselsKramer, an independent international communication agency located in Amsterdam and London. Kessels (1966) published several books of vernacular photography through KesselsKramer Publishing, including the In almost every picture series. He is one of the editors for the alternative photography magazine Useful Photography, along with Hans Aarsman, Claudie de Cleen, Julian Germain and Hans van der Meer. Kessels was granted the Amsterdam Award for the Arts in 2010.

Graciela Iturbide
Graciela Iturbide's career began in 1969, when she was a student filmmaker at the Centro de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC) at the National University of Mexico. There, she met the famous Latin American photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo who invited her to become his photographic assistant. Artistic accolades earned by this famous artist include a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Hasselblad Award, among others.

Pauline Martin
In charge of Special Projects at the Musée de l’Elysée, where she is also Chief Curator for the Nuit des Images. She has authored several articles on photography and recently published L’OEil photographique de Daniel Arasse - Théories et pratiques d’un regard (Fage éditions, 2012).

Joachim Schmid
Joachim Schmid (1955) is a Berlin-based artist who has been working with found photographs since the early 80s. His work has been exhibited internationally and is included in numerous collections. In 2007, Photoworks and Steidl published a comprehensive monograph, Joachim Schmid: Photoworks 1982–2007, on the occasion of his first retrospective exhibition.

Sam Stourdzé
Director of the Musée de l’Elysée and Chief Editor for ELSE from 2011 to 2014. For many years now, he studies the mechanisms at work in the dissemination of images, with a focus on the links between photography, art and cinema. He has published several books and curated many exhibitions, including Le cliché-verre de Corot à Man Ray, the retrospectives Dorothea Lange and Tina Modotti, Chaplin et les images and Fellini, La Grande parade.

Véronique Terrier Hermann
A Doctor in Art History and Professor at the Ecole supérieure des beaux-arts in Nantes, she focuses more specifically on how contemporary art interplays with cinema and documentary.

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