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Bernard Faucon's A Retrospective Collection

I, who have been traveling ceaselessly, especially all around this huge country without having ever dared to enter, fearful of facing a country that is far too big, far too complex and far too beautiful! Bernard Faucon speaks...

art and culture Updated: Feb 04, 2009 13:17 IST
Bernard Faucon speaks...

I stopped photography more than 10 years ago because I was convinced that it was over and that this period in the history of photography to which I had subscribed, namely 'photographic staging' or 'photographic settings' had come to an end. At the time, I felt that it was the swansong of photography, the last stage before the reign of pure, digital, advertising images. It was a time when one still believed sufficiently in the power of truth of photography, when one could permit oneself the luxury of creating 'true fiction'.

Another reason why I stopped while many of my contemporaries did not, was to spare my images the process of ageing, the inevitable fading and dilution. However I do not disown anything, either the images, or the period in which they were created, or even the poetry which is my own and that I will continue to express in other ways.

For me, it has always been a pleasure during each new exhibition to reopen my 'Pandora's box' and to observe the power of enchantment that my images are still able to exercise!

And what can I say about my first individual exhibition in India and my first journey there? I feel apprehensive! I, who have been traveling ceaselessly, especially all around this huge country without having ever dared to enter, fearful of facing a country that is far too big, far too complex and far too beautiful!

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