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At the Edge of the World.  Photographs by Alain Laboile. Text by Jock Sturges.

At the Edge of the World.

Photographs by Alain Laboile. Text by Jock Sturges.
Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany, 2015. In English. 152 pp., 80 duotone illustrations, 9½x11¾".

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Alain Laboile resides with his family in a village in the southwest of France. A sculptor by trade, he acquired his first camera only a few years ago. But soon his six children and their natural and uninhibited lifestyle came to dominate his camera's attention: 'Through my photographic work I celebrate and document my family life: a life on the edge of the world, where intemporality and the universality of childhood meet. Though my work is deeply personal, it is also accessible, addressing human nature and allowing the viewer to enter my world and reflect on their own childhoods.'

Completely untrained in photographic technique, Laboile distinguishes himself as one of the great natural talents in the history of the medium. The immensely human photography of Alain Laboile is original, straightforward and, image by image, one of the most remarkable documents on the life of a family ever assembled. Innocent and yet phenomenally adroit, Laboile’s photographs set a new standard for work that addresses the lives of children. His near magical ability with the camera helps him make images that have no equal for spontaneity. In addition to his graphic intelligence and brilliance in stopping motion, he is especially skilled at fixing the psychological moment.

Scheduled Exhibitions:
Exquisite pictures of children set against the backdrop of the French countryside Ausstellungen, Bie?vres 20.11.2014 – 15.04.2015
La Famille, Jiro Miura Gallery, Tokio/Tokyo 06.01. – 25.01.2015
La Famille Sce?ne Internationale de Gap, Galerie La Passerelle, Gap 06.02. – 18.04.2015
Les estivales photographiques du Tre?gor, Lannion 27.06. – 03.10.2015 ??

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