Saturday, December 26, 2015

¡Vámonos! Bernard Plossu in México 1965-66, 1970, 1974, 1981

 Bernard Plossu is a well-known bohemian French itinerant photographer.  He is widely published in France.  This book is a work of art in itself and catalogs 4 trips to Mexico in 1965-1966, 1970, 1974 and 1981.  His portrairs are haunting.  He loved the beatniks and had friends like Henry Miller, Joan Baez, Jack Kerouac, and even Sergio Leone, who wrote a preface to one of his books.

Bernard Plossu (born in Dalat, South Vietnam, 1945) has traveled extensively through a life in photography, including in the jungles of Chiapas in Mexico, the American West, India, the Aeolian Islands, and Niger. Widely regarded as a leading figure in French photography, Plossu’s photographs have been exhibited internationally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, Spain; and Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, France. He has published numerous books, including Le Voyage Mexicain: L’integral, 1956–1966 (1979), African Desert (1987), Forget Me Not (2002), Bernard Plossu’s New Mexico (2006), and Europa (2011).

Mari Olguin

"In order to understand, you have to listen to what you see," Bernard Plossu.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq

Quiz - who is the most famous French author since Camus ?  Michel Houellebecq, of course.  If you like your intellectuals feisty, you're in luck, as I'd guess references to fellatio occur every other page or so.  This is the story of two half brothers, Michel and Bruno, who are polar opposites.