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Un village.

Photographs by Madeleine de Sinéty.
GwinZegal Editions, 2020. In French. Unpaged, 9x8¼".

 
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Last copies of Un Village have minor corner bumps, not effecting the text block. 

33,280 color slides, 23,076 black and white negatives: it is with this concise list that one of the hundreds of pages of the diary kept by Madeleine de Sinéty could have started.

The quality of her relationship with the photographed subjects, the theater of their gestures, the intimacy, the richness and the diversity of the encounters made in Poilley, a small village 60 kilometers north of Rennes, overflow on all sides with the enormous accumulation of 'images.

Born in 1934, the photographer lived in Poilley from 1972 to 1982. She subsequently made many trips there from the United States, where she had established her residence. She died in 2011 and did not have the time to order this archive herself. Only the black and white had been partially revealed in one exhibition at the BNF and one at the Museum of Art in Portland. Peter, her son, then inherited the fund of color images, from which we have now tried, as humbly and faithfully as possible, to highlight her work. It is neither that of a photographer responding to a commission, nor that of an anthropologist, but rather the business of making a living as an artist sharing the life of a tight-knit community, of a rapidly changing rural microcosm on the edge of the modernity.


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