56 Days in Arles by François Halard
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Edited and designed by Tony Cederteg.
Foreward by Oscar Humphries.
With 56 colour plates.
Authentic tip-in image on front cover with typography on spine.
This photobook by François Halard is a record of confinement: 56 polaroids from 56 days spent in an Arles hotel, a visual mediation on the close quarters between intimacy and claustrophobia. Prefaced by a foreward from the art world’s Oscar Humphries, the album Halard presents is of a world that drags on, like a hose on sidewalk chalk and the picture sliding down itself, spreading out and falling off. The dreamy sequence of photographs possesses a velveteen surface, obfuscating particulars of the scenes themselves to maintain a texture of presence: in a colourful presentation of such non-time and non-space, Halard’s pastel-rubbed photography stages encounters with the page as immediate as our perception of our surroundings.