LE LUXE by Roe Ethridge [SECOND EDITION]

アメリカ人アーティスト、ロー・アスリッジ(Roe Ethridge)の作品集。自身の作品からエディトリアル作品、広告写真、ファウンド・フォト、オンライン上のスクリーンショットなど様々なイメージを現在・過去の関連性も無く、自由自在な独自の編集が施されている。本作のタイトルはフランス語で「ささやかな贅沢」を意味する。

イギリスのフォトグラファーズ・ギャラリー主催「ドイツ・ボーズ写真賞」の2011年ファイナリスト作家。

American artist Roe Ethridge's latest book takes its title from the French "C'est pas du luxe", an ironic phrase which alludes to the superfluous nature of luxury whilst proclaiming how essential it is to existence. Such paradoxes are fluently woven through Ethridge's oeuvre and Le Luxe encompasses his practice from the past decade, without ever slipping into the moribund gravitas of a retrospective. Plumbing his diverse image inventories, from personal images and magazine commissions to an archive of online screen shots, the book continues his exploration of picture-making that disavows the potential for creating a finished work. Ethridge para-phrases Eggleston when he states that he is "at war with the finished" in an era of digital photography straining towards idealisation. The pristine conditions of photography are undermined in the book's design and riff on Henri Matisse's apposite aphorism "exactitude is not truth" (Matisse titled two of his paintings Le Luxe). Composed in three parts, Le Luxe contains an unusual backdrop, the everyday of the artist, who worked from November 2005 to January 2010 on one commission documenting a building in downtown Manhattan on a site adjacent to the World Trade Centre. This narrative offers an uneasy balance to the fissures between analogue and digital and Ethridge's consistent undermining of his own certainties.

Shortlist of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2011

by Roe Ethridge

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hardcover
206 pages
250 x 285 mm
color
2012

SECOND EDITION

published by MACK