Culs de ferme
In Culs de ferme, Swiss photographer Jean-Luc Cramatte (b. 1959) portrays forms of accumulation in a globalized landscape often touted as clean and orderly. An obsessive collector of pictures, including both his own photographs and found pictures, Cramatte has been compiling a photographic inventory for 20 years. With the 200 images in this artist’s book, he simultaneously adheres to a strict, documentary approach—which does not eschew the unsightly, the bleak, and the monotonous—and comments on this visible world through scribbled notations and painted additions. From the first hints of degradation to outright overgrown ruins, unvarnished and free of nostalgia, these images offer an insightful look at the state of decline, with Cramatte’s examinations steering the gaze toward inconspicuous things that are usually overlooked. His photographic inventories shed a humorous and critical light on the “normal” present-day world, producing a telling ethnography of quotidian life.
9 ¼ x 12 in. / 288 pp / 200 color
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