While currently quite topical, the concept of fake news – or biased news – is as old as politics. It could be considered a form of propaganda. In this issue, The Eyes has decided to explore, by necessity only partially (in every sense of the term), the uses of images by the powers that be and the strategies developed by artists to unveil or even denounce them.
New technologies, video surveillance, facial recognition or even drones, reset this challenge at the heart of public debate. Ethan Levitas in the streets of New York, Clément Lambelet downloading from YouTube aerial images made by the American military, or David Fathi with his new project “Against Power”: they all question the practices of the powers that be.
It would be futile to try and understand the present without considering the past. These contemporary acts of resistance enter in dialogue with a graphic series about the years 1968–1974 with anti-Francoist photomontages from the Spaniard Josep Renau, or with excerpts from the exhibition “Photography, Weapon of Class” presented in autumn 2018 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
As usual, the Bibliomania section, which values the book as an essential tool for the understanding of photography, explores various past and contemporary experiences with Spanish propaganda books from the 1970s and Los Ultimos Dias Vistos del Rey, the satirical publication by Julián Barón; a long interview with Northern Irish photographer Donovan Wylie, who ceaselessly exposes military surveillance systems around the world; and artist and curator Hannah Darabi presenting the by the”fabrication” of an icon by the Iranian regime.
“Images & Powers”: a lively and collective theme and an invitation to think about our role with images – all of us producers, distributors and receivers. Ethics, aesthetics, politics – three notions dear to Christian Caujolle, our special guest for this issue – are certainly serious avenues to be pursued.
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Résidence BMW by Gisèle Tavernier
par Émilie Lemoine
Paris Photo : Femmes Photographes
by Gisèle Tavernier
Between Performance and Photography
by Sophie Bernard
Photographier Paris : Nouveaux Regards Sur La Ville
by Fannie Escoulen, Pierre Hourquet and Anna Planas
Déplacer Les Frontières
by Vivien Marcillac
Is involved in the foundation of major international art fairs in the fields of publishing, photography, design and primitive arts. Artistic director for galleries and curator, she is currently director of the Alta Volta Agency.
After being chief editor of Images magazine for 12 years, Sophie Bernard is now a freelance journalist and teacher. She has published Rencontres avec Guillaume Herbaut (Filigranes Editions).
Born in 1983, Léa Bismuth is an art critic (AICA), art history teacher and independent curator.
Head photo editor at Marie Claire magazine.
Former head of photography at Libération, founder of Agence VU, director of the gallery of the same name, Christian Caujolle is today author and independent curator. He is the artistic director of the Photo Phnom Penh festival.
Italian author, curator and lecturer specializing in photography. Founding director of the photo- literary platform The Photocaptionist, she teaches at the Paris College of Art.
Iranian Artist-photographer born in 1981 in Tehran, studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Tehran, then at the University Paris VIII-Saint-Denis. Now living in Paris, she is developing a work that is largely in line with the urban landscape. Her country of origin remains the main subject of most of her photographic series.
Art historian, former head of the Frankfurter Kunstverein Museum, and currently director of the nGbK Museum in Berlin since 2015.
Historian of photography, an exhibition curator and a lecturer in the History of Photography at the Cuenca Faculty of Fine Arts.
Author, publisher and curator. He founded the blog eyecurious.com in 2009.
Chasing images and talents on Instagram, Alexia Guggémos is an art critic specializing in digital art and contemporary photography. In 1996 she created the first virtual museum on the internet, the Musée du Sourire.
American photographer and writer living in Germany. He co-founded Errata Editions.
American author and media artist. She is a co-founder of 10×10 Photobooks and teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Independent journalist, author and doctor in English Studies.
Writer, critic and author of the blog Lunettes Rouges.
PhD in Communication and a degree in Advertising and Public Relations and Audiovisual Communication from the Universitat Jaume I. She studied photography at the BlankPaper School.
Writer and photography historian. Among her recent publications are: Magnum Photobook (Phaidon, with Fred Ritchin), Saul Leiter: In My Room (Steidl) and Inge Morath, An Illustrated Biography (series editor Prestel & Magnum Foundation).
He has studied visual communication at the University of Kassel and is the Founder and Director of the Kassel Fotobookfestival and Founder of the Kassel Photobook and Dummy Awards. He is also the chief editor of the monographic magazine PHOTOPAPER.
Interested in urban cultures for 10 years, after studying the history of art between Italy and France. He is currently launching a bookshop devoted to urban cultures in the Oberkampf district of Paris.
Has a degree in Art History and a PhD in Information Sciences from Madrid Complutense University. He is currently professor at Navarra University.
Independent journalist specializing in photography critique and the photography market.
Pascale Le Thorel
Curator and art critic. She is the director of the books’ editions of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts
Architect, professor of spatial and visual cultures and director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Independent curator. He writes on photography and technology, and lives in London. Between 2011 and 2014, he was the artistic director of the photographic mission on the French landscape, France (s) Liquid Territory.