Pursuit | This book is a collection of photographs taken from 2003 to 2009 over much of the U.S.. The title, Pursuit, echoes the Declaration of Independence of the United States referring to the right of everyone to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". The scope to which the author has chosen to focus is double with one side of the American middle class that lives the American dream and the other left behind who aspire to this account same ideal, but without ever reaching it. In parallel to the photographic series the author has transcribed his account of his meetings. By confronting his imagination and experience, Richard Pak turns to the field of fiction to deliver a vision that is both cynical and full of empathy for one idealized country.
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Pursuit - Eyemazing (February, 15th 2013)Pursuit - Réponses photo (January, 01st 2013)
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The origin of this work there was, there is always a fascination with the United States. A fascination that begins with the image. Photographic images first, inevitably. American photography is exceedingly rich, many even see the birthplace of modern photography, and she had a certain importance on my report to the medium. Moving pictures as well. Those of the New Hollywood films that depict so well the energy, youth and cons-60s/70s culture peculiar to the years in America. Images, even with the universe of realistic paintings of Edward Hopper or popular iconography revisited by Jasper Johns. A fascination for America must add visual literature, which has been a source at least as important to the construction of the American imagination. John Fante, Truman Capote, Raymond Carver and many others have also engraved in me images, mental this time.
I chose to photograph the mundane, the everyday life of contemporary America. I take samples of humanity, and if it happens I use the anecdotal, or spectacular, it is to overcome them by searching for resonances with concepts deeper, more universal.
Released : October, 31st 2012
Collection : Hors Collection
ISBN 13 : 978-2-35046-245-5
Format : 170 x 230
66 photos colors
This book was printed 15 copies numbered head accompanied by an original print * format 15 x 21 cm, signed and numbered by Richard Pak.
* Three different photographs (taken every 5 copies.
An email will be sent to you asking the choice of the image.