In a recent communique, we introduced the design inspiration for our current collection – the 2014 photo book A Perpetual Season from French photographer Grégoire Pujade-Lauraine.
Last week we caught up with Grégoire to delve a little closer into his influences and what makes him tick.
“If I go back”, Grégoire states, when asked about his early stimuli, “I would say that Michelangelo Antonioni’s films were a definite trigger – Blow-Up in particular. Certainly not for the misogynistic, less-than-loveable photographer who happens to be the main character! But as he tries to delve deeper in an apparently objective recording of reality – a photograph – he ends up facing nothing less than the enigma of the visible. It made me aware of the capacity of photography to transcend the mere visual imitation of the world around us.”
“Photographically, A Perpetual Season is clearly indebted to the string of 1960s and 1970s authors that, working mostly in an ever-expanding urban environment, were as interested in reflecting on the social landscape as in revitalising the language of modern photography: Friedlander, Winogrand, Eggleston, Robert Adams, continuing to more recent works like Michael Schmidt or Paul Graham’s. But it also draws on more abstract, non-visual sources like Borges’ legendary short stories or concept albums such as Cesar Mariano & CIA’s São Paulo – Brasil, to name just one.
“Right now, I’m working on a new book to be published by MACK in 2020; a brief, dense, eerie sequence of almost symbolist photographs taken in nondescript metropolitan areas… I’m interested in how the descriptive power of photography can be turned outside in, in order to slow down our perception, and ultimately become a source of inexhaustible wonder.”
Timothy Everest’s Spring Summer 2019 collection is available now online and in-store. You can find more examples of Pujade-Lauraine’s work here.