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Photo-textsContemporary French Writing of the Photographic Image$
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Andrew Stafford

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310522

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316128

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My Favourite Piccies: Sequencing, Structuring and Essayism in Photo-Anthologies by Régis Debray and Denis Roche

My Favourite Piccies: Sequencing, Structuring and Essayism in Photo-Anthologies by Régis Debray and Denis Roche

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(p.71) Chapter 3 My Favourite Piccies: Sequencing, Structuring and Essayism in Photo-Anthologies by Régis Debray and Denis Roche
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Photo-texts
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846310522.003.0004

This chapter examines how essayists write the photograph and looks at the rhetorical, tactical, and political figures that can be seen in their writing. It considers one specific aspect of essayism with respect to photographs – the photobook or anthology – by focusing on Régis Debray's L'Œil naïf, in which he chooses a set of photographs around which to interlace his comments. The chapter then examines an early example of the ‘hundred best photographs’ chosen by the eminent American curator John Szarkowski and discusses how the photographer Denis Roche enhances the essay's self-performance, paradoxically by selecting his own 100 favourite photographs by other photographers in Le Boîtier de mélancolie. La photographie en 100 photographies. It shows how a story, specifically in relation to photo-texts, alongside photography often overshadows the photograph or photography.

Keywords:   Régis Debray, photographs, photography, John Szarkowski, Denis Roche, photo-texts, photobook, anthology, essayism

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