“At the beginning of the seventies, passage to Rome, during a cold and rainy winter, no picture of good, I had a wide-angle except two or three in Pompeii silent and empty under the rain …
Later, in 1979, having finally understood the discreet strength of the 50 mm, coming from the highlands of Taos in New Mexico where I lived, I found in Rome Claude Nori, and there, it is the visual shock: is it what living in the desert makes this city fascinates me in comparison?
Let’s say that the images of the American West are often horizontal and those of the streets of Rome are often vertical! and that also impregnates me very strongly the Roman work of Corot, which I think so often over there … Corot who marked me definitively by his sobriety.
The years will pass, until the return to Europe, and I am now under the strong influence of the painting movement called ‘La Scuola Romana’ (Mafai, Scipione, Pirandello, Antonietta Raphael, Afro): wonders that inspire me a lot.
Many visits: Rome attracts me constantly, I go there almost every year and I photograph in disorder, especially nothing systematic or organized! Quarter by district, listening only to my instinct and especially my passion: I am madly in love with this city and, at the same time, with all the small Italian islands where I go as often as possible! “B.P.
* Two different photographs each shot at fifteen copies.
- Photo #1
- Photo #2
Hyères / Plossu
Gilles A. Tiberghien, François Carrassan
Plossu/Granet – Italia discreta
Bruno Ely, Paméla Grimaud, Guillaume Cassegrain
Pneus & A day with the Creeleys
Alain Bergala, Patrick Talbot
La prolongation du bonheur
Jean-Christophe Bailly, Guillaume Geneste, Denis Roche
Le Havre en noir & blanc
Annette Haudiquet, Aude Mathé
Photographier les jardins de Monet
Stephen Shore, Bernard Plossu, Darren Almond, Henri Foucault
Jeanne Fouchet-Nahas, Marina Ferretti Bocquillon
Le jardin de pierres
Tours et détours
Jesse A. Fernández
Bernard Plossu, Gabriel Bauret, Juan Manuel Bonet
L’odeur du buis
Gabriel Bauret, Farid Abdelouahab
Vanessa Lecomte, Diego Candil, Cédric Lesec
Nous avons fait un très beau voyage
Bernard Plossu, Françoise Nuñez, Jacques Borgetto, Sophie Zénon
Avant l’âge de raison
William Lord Coleman
Bernard Plossu, Fabrice Dubreuil
François Carrassan, Emmanuel Guigon
Saison # 10
Le cinéma fixe ?
Lettre pour un très lent détour
Joël Vernet, Philippe Arbaïzar
Où commence le ciel ?
François Seigneur, Bernard Plossu, Alain Fleischer, Charles-Arthur Boyer
Alain Bergala Filmmaker, essayist, critic at Cahiers du Cinéma, professor at Paris III University, La fémis, curator, he is the author of many books on Roberto Rossellini, Abbas Kiarostami and Jean-Luc Godard. Director of fiction and documentary, he is notably responsible for Faux Fuyants (1982), Cesare Pavese (1995) and Fernand Léger, the reasons for a life (1997).
Patrick Talbot is a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure from which he graduated from history and then holds a DEA on pre-Columbian Mexico. He was cultural advisor to the French embassies in the United States and then in Italy and director of the National School of Photography in Arles.