EYES WILD OPEN – Various artists
Book Curator: Marie Sordat
Eyes Wild Open brings together those who, in subverting photography, manage to pierce us with their contagious images.
Eyes Wild Open highlights the relationships that exist between several generations of photographers whose practice is as intuitive as it is abrupt or transgressive. Initiated after the second world war by pioneers such as Robert Frank, William Klein or the founders of the legendary Japanese magazine Provoke, this singular approach to photography has stood the test of time, and its heritage remains particularly productive in contemporary creation.
The book brings together the work of nearly thirty international photographers :
Robert Frank • Ed van der Elsken • William Klein • Daido Moriyama • Takuma Nakahira • Ishiuchi Miyako • Christer Strömholm • Anders Petersen • Dolorès Marat • Paulo Nozolino • Antoine d’Agata • Klavdij Sluban • Michael Ackerman • Jehsong Baak • JH Engström • Olivier Pin-Fat • Tiane Doan Na Champassak • Lorenzo Castore • Arja Hyytiäinen • Jacob Aue Sobol • Alisa Resnik • Gilles Roudière • Stéphane Charpentier • Gabrielle Duplantier • Yusuf Sevinçli • Sohrab Hura • Sébastien Van Malleghem
They are not stood before the world, they are in the world. They are not keeping a respectful distance, not bending to rules nor fashions. They are casting aside the conventions with images that rewrite their own subjective forms of expression. Their connection with reality and with the shot is physical, rough, immediate. Their moving, incandescent, nervous images are like stigmata: they bear witness to nothing other than their contiguity with a world that is sometimes overflowing. They ask more questions than they answer. Niggling and furtive, they evoke rather than describing, and reduce down to a perceptive intensity of pulsing ebbs and flows, convulsive, fragmented or fractional visions, and their emotional charge lies in that very tension. For it is the permeability of these photographers to the world that renders their images permeable to their viewers.