Photographs by Antoine D'Agata.
Editions Xavier Barral,
560 pp., illustrated throughout, 7¾x10¼".
Curators Fannie Escoulen and Bernard Marcadé scoured about 100,000 negatives from the archive of Magnum photographer Antoine d'Agata to produce Anticorps, an installation at LE BAL celebrating twenty years of his work. Published as the companion reader, Anticorps examines the highly visceral, fascinating work of d'Agata, best known for his photographic studies of all things taboo. The book surveys not only his popular subjects (prostitution, drug addiction, obsession) but delves even further into his work to illustrate a way of seeing that is entirely his own. His emotional distance is evident in the serial, mechanized sequences of photographs and becomes an important entrance in understanding his work.