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In todaya€™s image-saturated society, photograph and text live side-by-side, engaged in a complex collaboration. Andy Stafford critically examines this interplay in Photo-texts, taking nine case studies from the 1990s French-speaking world and looking at the interaction between non-fictional written texts (caption, essay, fragment, poem) and photographic images. The a€œphoto-text, a€ as he defines it, is concerned as much with the oral as it is with visual and written culture. That text-image collaborations give space to the spoken, spectral traces of spoken human discourse suggests that the key element of the photo-text is its radical provisionalitya€”that it is inherently unstable and ever-changing. This pathbreaking study offers a vital resource for scholars in contemporary French and francophone cultures.Contemporary French Writing of the Photographic Image Andy Stafford ... and allowed her to write an extraordinary commentary that deploys a#39;descriptiona#39; as a point de dAcpart for a photo-essay that begins our survey with exemplary skill.

Author:Andy Stafford
Publisher:Liverpool University Press - 2010


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