Cover: Anonyme, Puritan Porn


1 - Philippe Durand, Paraciclones
Présented by Pauline Martin

2 - Anonyme, Puritan Porn
Présented by Martin Crawl

3 - Christian Marclay, Snap, clic, flash!
Présented by Clément Chéroux

4 - Nightmares Fear Factory
Présented by Erik Kessels

5 - Pierre Leguillon, La Promesse aux pieds nus - Préliminaires
Présented by Véronique Terrier Hermann

6 - Man Ray, Traits pour traits
Présented by Clément Chéroux

7 - Fernando Brito, Tus pasos se perdieron con el paisaje
Présented by Thomas Seelig

8 - The Unabomber’s Stuff: An Inventory of Effects
Présented by Joachim Schmid

9 - Agnès Geoffray, Nights
Présented by Carole Sandrin

10 - La Photographie en trophée
Présented by Sam Stourdzé

11 - Ferdinand Kriwet, Kriwet Stars
Présented by Yannick Bouillis

12 - Pedro Motta, Au ras des routes
Présented by Sam Stourdzé

13 - Yves Klein, Le Saut dans le vide
Présented by Florian Ebner

14 - Puzzles - Useful Photography
Présented by Erik Kessels

ELSE. reinventing the images

ELSE 3, here is the latest issue of the Swiss photography magazine. One year already, and one first candle on the cake of the other photography.

Our ambition was to modestly establish a dialogue between artistic and vernacular practices, between contemporary and historical works. We would like to illustrate how different genres naturally interact with and relate to each other. Our intention is to reach beyond the cult of the beautiful image, and reassert that while one photograph may be aesthetically satisfying, the series produces meaning.

The result is far beyond our expectations. For once, artists themselves disrupted our categories, our classification. In a vast movement of composition and appropriation, they compiled corpuses, comprised sets and suggested a new reading of reinvented images.

ELSE provides a forum for any one who accumulates, who collects—or rather who compiles—photography, for any one who exploits and diverts compiled sets.

So here is our new issue, altogether surprising and astonishing, with Man Ray’s unreleased self-portraits, Brito’s natures mortes, Motta’s clumps, counseling from Puritan Porn, Pierre Leguillon’s fetishist excesses… And should you be ready for anything, like we are, leap into the void with Yves Klein.

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


Yannick Bouillis
Yannick Bouillis (1972, France) was journalist before becoming a rare books dealer (artists’ and photography books). He is interested in the issues of image making (photography and new medias) with a particular focus on emerging practices in the publishing world. Based in Amsterdam, he is the founder and director of Offprint Paris and Amsterdam Art Book Fair. Under his label Off Print, he recently released his first book as a publisher, Le Style, by Scheltens & Abenes.

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).

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.

Florian Ebner
Florian Ebner, born (1970) in Regensburg, Germany, was a student at the Ecole nationale supérieure de la photographie in Arles and then at Ruhr University in Bochum. Between 2000 and 2007, he taught photography at Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig while assisting the curator to the exhibition project Street and Studio at the Tate Modern in London and at the Folkwang Museum in Essen. He is currently Head of the Museum für Photographie in Brunswick and has published numerous texts about modern and contemporary photography.

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).

Carole Sandrin
Curator at the Musée de l’Elysée, she is in charge of the Charlie Chaplin Photographic Fund and responsible for preventive preservation. A photography historian, she has published texts on 19th century scientific photography and curated exhibitions including L’Utopie photographique: regard sur la collection de la Société française de photographie (2004), La République des amateurs (2011) and Charlie Chaplin, images d’un mythe (2011).

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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