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L’immagine come punto interrogativo o il valore estatico del documento surrealista

  • Author: Clément Chéroux
  • Year: 2012
  • Language: Italian
  • Pages: 48
  • Price: 8.90 €
  • ISBN: 978-88-6010-077-1
  • Size: cm 12 x 18
  • Illustrations: 19 b/w

This short essay explores the characteristic use of photographic images in Surrealism between the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. In particular the Surrealists chose functional images with a documentary or informative purpose, decontextualising them in their art in order to raise questions and unsettle the viewer.

The use of these images became a Surrealist gesture in its own right, stimulating the imagination and creating a form of poetry that generates surprise, or the ecstasy so beloved by the Surrealists. This subverts the meaning of the images, lending them added power and connotations that are both artistic and non-artistic.

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Clément Chéroux is curator of photography at the Pompidou Centre (Mnam-CCI). Expert on the history of photography, he has taught at Paris I and Paris VIII Universities and the École nationale supérieure de la photographie di Arles. Chief editor of the magazine Études photographiques, he is technical advisor to the  Musée Nicéphore-Niépce in Châlon-sur-Saone and member of the board of governors of the Société française de photographie. He has written many books and in Italy, for Einaudi, he has published L’errore fotografico. Una breve storia (2009) and Diplopia. L’immagine fotografica nell’èra dei media globalizzati (2010).

L’immagine come punto interrogativo