Le Gendarme Sur La Colline

Photographs by Alessandra Sanguinetti
Essay by Susan Bright

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11 x 10 1/4 inches 112 four-color images, including 2 eight-page gatefolds, 69 four-color images Flexibound with velvet jacket 978-1-59711-4-264 May 2017

The Theater of Everyday Life

The Theater of Everyday Life

In this album, the compelling photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti explores her vision of France, in which old traditions persist even while they fray and shift in relation to contemporary stresses, including multiculturalism. The work presents an intuitive, often lyrical journey that is undercut with a sense of tension about what it means to be French—and to photograph the French—today. Le Gendarme Sur La Colline is the result of a major new commission by Fondation d’entreprise Hermès and Aperture Foundation. Called “Immersion,” the program seeks to expand artistic dialogue between France and the US, while investing in creativity, and providing a platform for an important emerging artist to create a major new body of work.

Alessandra Sanguinetti (born in New York, 1968) is a recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Hasselblad Foundation grant, Robert Gardner Fellowship, and Arles Discovery Award. Her photographs are in major collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco. Her monographs include On the Sixth Day (2005) and Sorry Welcome. 

Susan Bright is a curator and writer whose recent books include Art Photography Now (Aperture, 2005) and Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography (Aperture, 2017)