Competing Projects 2022 - Winner
Improvisations gathers a collection of photographs by Joël Alain Dervaux. Conceived by the graphic designer Odilon Coutarel, this book allows to consider appearances, disappearances, asserted and withheld presences as a response to the corpus to create a renewed reading of the photographer practice. The papers provide various degrees of transparency and translucency, some images are covered with a white veil, keeping them draped in white light, contrasting with others filter-free. The text acts as a thread is a poem by Valérie Fougeirol, interfering as a flow, running and repeating itself, where words arise and light up. The project is printed in offset by Escourbiac in Black+Pantone grey (images) and silver (text). The book of 166p+4p insert (facsimile of a contact sheet) is bound with visible stitching covered by a translucent dust jacket. The limited edition is presented in a handmade box with hot-stamped text, some words are light up in silver to echo the the layout of the book.