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ASSOCIATION DU MÉJAN

JEAN-LUC BERTINI

AMERICAN SOLITUDES

Jean-Luc Bertini spent 10 years on the road photographing the United States in fits and starts and in every season. But can it still be photographed? For American Solitudes, he traveled cross-country without any preconceived ideas, if not the formal one of working in color and using a medium-sized 6x7 format. In the humanist vein inherited from the French tradition that allows him to bypass the "American photographic tableau", he observes how Americans occupy their space and questions their excess in occupying it, which often produces anonymity and loneliness. And since loneliness favors observation, it predisposes the photographer to believe in visions, orchestrations and mirages, so that these images sometimes seem to transcend the ordinary scenes they reveal.

Publication: Américaines Solitudes, Actes Sud, 2020.