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Title
Photo-texts - contemporary French writing of the photographic image
Author
Andy Stafford
format
Hardback
Publisher
Liverpool University Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20100630

What do photographs want? Do they need any accompaniment in today's image-saturated society? Can writing inflect photography (or vice versa) in such a way that neither medium takes precedence? Or are they in constant, inexorable battle with each other?Taking nine case studies from the 1990s French-speaking world (from France, North Africa and the Caribbean), this book attempts to define the interaction between non-fictional written text (caption, essay, fragment, poem) and photographic image.Having considered three categories of 'intermediality' between text and photography - the collaborative, the self-collaborative and the retrospective - the book concludes that the dimensions of their interaction are not simple and two-fold (visuality versus/alongside textuality), but threefold and therefore 'complex'. Thus, the photo-text, as defined here, is concerned as much with orality - the demotic, the popular, the vernacular - as it is with visual and written culture. That text-image collaborations give space to the spoken, spectral traces of human discourse, suggests that the key element of the photo-text is its radical provisionality.

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Andy Stafford is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Leeds and co-editor of 'The Modern Essay in French' (Peter Lang, 2005) among other publications.

Andy Stafford's book is a welcome and attractive publication to the fast-growing field of intermediality studies, and an exciting enrichment of a series that opens new ways in the study of postcolonial Francophony.
Leonardo Journal

The notes and the bibliography alone merit the acquisition of this work. A richer source on the topic of photo and text is difficult to imagine.
Hans Durrer, Across Cultures
Across Cultures

This is a densely written but highly readable book, an invaluable resource for students of photography and scholars interested in the relationship between photography and writing/speaking - or, indeed, in any configuration of image and text.
Akane Kawakami, French Studies, vol 67, no 1

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Photography.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
246

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