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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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‘Paradis sans espoir’? Philippe Tagli's ‘Photo-graffiti’ in the Parisian Banlieue

‘Paradis sans espoir’? Philippe Tagli's ‘Photo-graffiti’ in the Parisian Banlieue

(p.156) Chapter 8 ‘Paradis sans espoir’? Philippe Tagli's ‘Photo-graffiti’ in the Parisian Banlieue
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This chapter focuses on an agitprop use of photography in photo-essayism: Philippe Tagli's photo-poetry. Tagli's photo-poetry tightly links images and texts. The chapter looks at the photo-album and how it deploys an array of techniques to avoid becoming a ‘coffee-table book’. Tagli's Paradis sans espoir is a set of poems that accompany photographs of the Parisian banlieue – a growing theme in photo-texts – and is the follow-up to Les Gremlins de la cité d'Oz. Using personal photographs in combination with corrosive poetic musings, Tagli showcases a highly original agitprop account of life in the drab suburbs around Paris. The chapter also analyses social exclusion and its poetic countering, along with the medium through which this artistic protest arises.

Keywords:   Philippe Tagli, photo-poetry, photography, photo-essayism, photo-album, Paradis sans espoir, Paris, banlieue, photo-texts, social exclusion

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