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Des Oiseaux.
Photographs by Bernard Plossu. Text by Guilhem Lesaffre.
Editions Xavier Barral, Paris, France, 2018. In French. 108 pp., 54 black-and-white illustrations, 8x10¼".



Publisher's Description

This book, along with the one by Pentti Sammallahti, launches Xavier Barral's collection Des oiseaux (On birds) celebrating, through the vision of different artists, their immense presence in a world where they are now vulnerable.

Half traveler and half migratory photographer, as he likes to introduce himself, Bernard Plossu strides along the world since many years. He captures through his lens furtive moments, where birds are flying in huge swarms or caught alone, standing proudly in the middle of a puddle, or gliding high up in the sky, among the peaks. The photographer looks at birds with tenderness and curiosity, a gaze which underlines fantasy and a “surrealistic” approach, as explains the critic Francesco Zanot about his images.

The flight fascinates the photographer, obsessed with the euphoric speed of swallows as well as the hypnotic inertness of large raptors drifting through the wind at high altitude. Plossu’s photographs allow us to see fragments of the world, a world in which birds have reinvested our environment. 

The essay by ornithologist Guilhem Lesaffre underlines a fundamental aspect of bird life: migration as brought by Plossu’s photographs to light. 

ABOUT THE LIMITED EDITION

Accompanying the release of the book Des Oiseaux by Bernard Plossu, we offer a limited edition box set of 30 copies, each including a signed copy of the publication with a signed and numbered 8'×10' black-and-white gelatin silver print, Lac de Garde, Italie, 2006. 

 


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