Published by Steidl. Edited by Patrick Remy. Text by Quentin Bajac, Dork Zabunyan, Ligia Canongia.
Considered one of the major French artists of her generation, Paris-based Valérie Belin (born 1964) became famous for her numerous series of emblematic photographs, which never fail to capture the details and textures of her subjects. Continuing where Valérie Belin: I left off, this publication compiles the artist’s work created between 2007 and 2014. Superimposing multiple negatives and creating interlaid compositions of intense colors or in black and white, Belin challenges our aesthetic preconceptions, playing with notions of artifice as she digitally manipulates her subjects. The volume contains views from Belin’s exhibition at the Casa França-Brasil in Rio de Janeiro and her performance at the Centre Pompidou, in addition to her numerous series, including the 2014 Still Life, for which she won the prestigious Prix Pocket Photography Prize 2015. At almost 300 pages, this major monograph allows us to dive into an extraordinary and rare body of work that questions material and living matter through its unsettling photographic language.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Tobia Bezzola, Jürg Trösch, Markus Bosshard. Text by Tobia Bezzola.
It is unsurprising that French photographer Valérie Belin (born 1964) should so plainly declare: “I come from painting.” Although she uses a photographer's equipment, her images are far removed from realism. Whether responding to a still life by Édouard Manet or exploring societal constructions of female beauty, Belin emphasizes textural artifice and molded color, even when working in black and white.