Insomnia. Photographs by Antoine D'Agata. Introduction (in French) by Christian Caujole. Essay by Bruno le Dantec (in French and English). Designed by Design In Situ. Images en manoeuvre éditions, Marseille, 2003. 192 pp. Quarto. First edition. INSCRIBED on front free-endpaper with a small glyph of two crossed hypodermic needles, 'For ____/Antoine D'Agata/Paris/2___012.' Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. Black-and-white and color reproductions.
"The night, the sex, the wandering... The need to record, not as a deliberate act, but as a flat pattern of regular and extreme experiences. A practice inseparable from a particular way of looking at life, where the risk, the desire, the unconscious remains the essential elements. No moral attitude there, no judgment, but the need to explore some universes, share them through, without any precautions... It is a passage to the act of writing, to the verge of extinction, enjoyment and death."--Antoine d'Agata
"Considered one of a new breed of Magnum photographers, Antoine d’Agata’s images appear to exist between time and space in an alternately bleak, painterly and carnivalesque atmosphere. From his native Marseilles to New York, Mexico and Central America, d'Agata has drawn from over 10 years of travelling as the inspiration for his photography.
"Whether his subjects are portraits, desolate landscapes or inner city streets, d’Agata’s twilight world captures the intense and intimate nature of his chance encounters with people and places. Likening the compulsion to photograph to that of proving one’s own existence, d’Agata distances himself from straightforward documentary photography."Photographer's Gallery, London, 2008