Est-ce l’Est ?

Berliner romanze

Est-ce l’Est ?

Berliner romanze

Is it the East? Berlin is a romance, a film strip, a disk image. It is a photographic and musical ballad in the former East Berlin, haunted by the specter of the Wall and totalitarianism, but also by the music of David Bowie and Lou Reed.
The color photographs and the text of Nicolas Comment plus a mini-concept album of 5 songs (Is it the East, Birgit, Tout autour, Baisers Prenzlauer, Sur la Tor str.) Were produced in Berlin.
For one of the very first time, photographs of author and nouvelle chanson française – two arts "halftone" – are gathered here to form a coherent whole in the original object and collector. Novel visual and sound, does the East? is as much a book of photographs of a hard rock produced by Jean-Louis Philippe and Pierot Balz (producers and directors including Etienne Daho, Christophe Miossec, Alain Bashung, Yves Simon etc..)
 
6 titles
Is it the East? 3’51
Birgit 3’52
Around 3’19
Kisses Prenzlauer 2’39
4’15 on the Tor
U-bahn 5’08
Coproducer
Centre Atlantique de la Photographie, Brest et le label Probe Laze it (disque)
Released
17/06/2008
Collection
Hors Collection
Format
145 x 210
Relié couverture cartonnée
30 color photos
60 pages
ISBN : 978-2-35046-128-1
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Nicolas Comment

Auteur, Musicien, Photographe

Photographer and author-composer, graduated from the National School of Fine Arts in Lyon (1997) and the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris (1999), Nicolas Comment publishes his first book of photographs in 2001, editions Filigranes: “The service” (text by André S. Labarthe), which will be followed by “Le point” in 2003 and “A ***” in 2004 (texts by Bernard Noël). In 2005, his meeting with Rodolphe Burger , then with Jacques Higelin and Yves Simon for whom he works on two albums (“Amor doloroso” and “Rumors”, 2006), brings him closer to the world of music, until the producer Jean-Louis Pierot (Les Valentins / Daho) offers to accompany him in the realization of a personal musical project including the CD-book “Is this the East? (Berliner romanze), published in 2008, is the first part. In collaboration with Patrick Le Bescont, Nicolas Comment has also created the magazine “Saison” at Editions Filigranes and publishes with Anne-Lise Broyer a book on the city of Prague: “Fading” (2006). In 2010, it records a first album produced by Marc Collin (Nouvelle Vague), which will be hailed by the press: “We were God” (Kwaidan / Discograph). In 2012, following the publication of the book “The visit”, he adapted to music, with Xavier Waechter , the latest collection of poems by the writer Bernard Lamarche-Vadel: “Retrouvailles”, which is released on the jazz label Bonsaï Music. The same year, he exhibited at the VU ‘gallery (Paris) a new series of images, the result of a photographic residence made in Mexico and published the book “Mexico City Waltz”, at Filigranes. In 2014, parallel to the publication of the book “T (angel) r” (accompanied by an afterword by Gérard Manset and a single containing two unreleased songs), he exhibited from December 2014 to January 2015 at the gallery 127 (Marrakech) a new series of photographs carried out in Morocco. Her second solo album, “Rose Planet”, (Kwaidan / Because) was released in CD version in 2015 and version 33 T in 2016 (Mediapop) while the collective exhibition “Being beauteous” (with A.-L. A. Da Cunha, Mr. Maurel de Maillé) continues his career in various French museums throughout 2015. In 2016, Nicolas Comment presents in Paris a large exhibition in duet with photographer Bernard Plossu, “Identification of a city “. Then he exhibited in Vichy, as part of the festival “Portrait (s)”, a new series of images devoted to his companion, Milo, which is the subject of the publication of the book “Milo (Songbook)” published by Chic Medias.In 2017, he won the “Residence for photography” prize from the Fondation des Treilles, which allows him to create a new photographic and musical work in the footsteps of the rimbaudian poet Germain Nouveau during the year 2018. His “Journal” Countdown (1991-1999) “, consisting of his first black and white photographs and archival texts, will be published in April 2019.