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Jean-Jaurès.

Photographs by Gilles Raynaldy.
Purpose éditions, Paris, France, 2015. In English. 295 pp., 166 duotone and four-color illustrations, 7¾x10¾".



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During four years, from 2008 to 2012, Gilles Raynaldy followed the daily life of students, professors and staff of the inner-city Jean-Jaurès school situated in Montreuil, an eastern suburb of Paris. All together distant and close to their subjects, his photographs capture different sides of a complex reality: gestures, group movements, attitudes, postures and signs of adolescence. Like a movie the book presents a fictive school year that unravels following the seasonal details: it opens classroom doors, it shows playgrounds, kitchens, utility rooms, the refectory... places that are at times full of life, at times silent. This setup recalls a cinematic montage while the alternating of black and white and color photographs further suggests times that are out of synch. The second part of the book shows installation shots of the exhibition organized at Jean-Jaurès. The posters pasted onto the walls were tagged, copied, torn and restored by students...two years later some of them are still visible, they appear to have become part of the concrete. The book is conceived like a 'book-place', which mixes documentary and sensitive approaches on a universal subject: school!


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