dinsdag 17 april 2018

The Photographic Discovering of the Everyday Landscape Paysages Photographies: En France Photography

Paysages Photographies: En France, les années Quatre-Vingt. La Mission Photographique de la Datar 1984-1989.[Landscape Photography in France in the 1980s: The DATAR Photography Project, 1984-1989] Editions Hazan, Paris, 1986. 683 pp. Thick quarto. First edition. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 541 black-and-white and color reproductions. Photographs by Auerbacher, Baltz, Basilico, Dirsinger, Ceccaroli, Demeyer, Depardon, Despatin, Godeli, Doisneau, Drahos, Dufour, Fastenaeken, de Fenoyl, Garnell, Giordan, Gohlke, Guillot, Hannapel, Hers, Koudelka, LaFont, Maynen, Milovanoff, Monthiers, Pare Radot, Ristelhueber, Trulzch. 

Included in Parr & Badger, The Photobook: A History, Vol. II. 
In the 1980s, France's Délégation à l'aménagement du territoire et à l'action régionale (Delegation for Spatial Planning and Regional Action--known by the acronym 'DATAR') initiated the Mission photographique. This monumental project employed some of the most innovative photographers working in the 1980s; the resulting volume is an amazing period survey of photographic work at the cutting edge of the landscape genre. "Those responsible for the DATAR Photographic Mission viewed it from the outset as one more in a line of iconic projects in the history of photography: the Heliographic Mission 1851; the U.S. "New Frontiers" expeditions of the late nineteenth century and the Farm Security Administration (1935-1942)...The DATAR Photographic Mission is part of a political reflexion about the French territory, which focused in the early 1980s upon the concept of landscape. The late 1970s saw the emergence of a movement of interdisciplinary reflection on this concept, when the euphoria of the industrial and social development of the post-war boom gave way to environmental concerns and a search for territorial identity.
The landscape became the focal point and the translation of these issues."--Mission Photographique de la DATAR 

Depth of Field, volume 7, no. 1 (December 2015)
On Both Sides of the Ocean – The Photographic Discovering of the Everyday Landscape. Analyzing the Influence of the New Topographics on the Mission photographique de la DATAR
Raphaële Bertho


The influence of the American photographers represented in the now famous New Topographics exhibition (1975) on the orientation of European photographers from the 1980s is regularly presented as obvious, particularly in the context of the famous Mission photographique de la Délégation à l’Aménagement du Territoire et à l’Action Régionale (DATAR: Delegation for Territorial Planning and Regional Action, 1984-88). This statement raises some important historiographical questions on the conditions and the nature of this transnational relationship. It should be examined how and why a visual reflection on the North American territory, grounded in the New World’s own history and mythology, was also applied to the Old World. In order to develop a reflection on the relationship between two different periods and cultural areas, this essay moves in concentric circles, by analyzing the very nature of these two photographic moments, their relationship, their inclusion in a photographic history and more widely in the visual representation of the territory.

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