CV117 - Bertrand Carrière, Learning Photography from Books — Serge Allaire
Ciel variable 117 - Shifted (Summer 2021)
Voices (Individual Article, Digital Version)
An interview by Serge Allaire
Bernard Carrière, who has produced numerous photobooks over a forty-year career, talks about the process behind the retrospective exhibition and monograph, both titled Solstice,and reveals that he came to photography through print publications. “I really learned about photography through magazines and the LIFE encyclopedia,” he says. “And the discovery of books was fundamental. The first one I had was a short monograph on Henri Cartier-Bresson.” “I learned photography from books,” he continues, and he favours that very medium for deploying his series. Before making this choice, sequential organization of images, as if making a film, was the basis for his creative inspiration. “One creates by subtracting. If I’ve learned one thing with the editor of my films ... it’s how to see the tree (the image) and the forest (the book, the film) at the same time: the unique importance of each image, each shot, in a whole that makes sense.”
Language: French & English
Digital Version: PDF, 2.5 Mb
Serge Allaire, « Bertrand Carrière, Learning Photography from Books », Ciel variable, no 117, Montréal, 2021, p. 103-106.