Cover: Nathan Dvir, Coming Soon, 2008-2013


1 - Johanna Diehl, Ukraine Memories
Presented by Jean-Christophe Blaser

2 - JJ Levine, Switch
Presented by Véronique Terrier Hermann

3 - Jean-Daniel Berclaz, Points de vue
Presented by Jean-Christophe Blaser

4 - Il était une fois deux fois
Presented by Werner Kühler

5 - Les Blow-ups de Blow-Up
Presented by Michel Giniès et Christoph Schifferli

6 - Haus am Gern, Autoportrait comme couple d’artistes XVIII
Presented by Clément Chéroux

7 - Wundergarten der Natur: Broken Kindles par Sebastian Schmieg et Silvio Lorusso
Presented by Yannick Bouillis

8 - Peter Piller, Umschläge
Presented by Kevin Moore

9 - L’Ellipse
Presented by Martin Crawl

10 - Aurélien Froment, À Cheval
Presented by Véronique Terrier Hermann

11 - Avant que ça n’arrive, Les collisions de Nicolas Descottes
Presented by Sam Stourdze

12 - The Operators' Invisible Hands, Apparition of a distance, however near it may be by Paul Soulellis
Presented by Joachim Schmid

13 - Type 42 ou la capture de l’écran
Presented by Sam Stourdzé

14 - Natan Dvir, Coming Soon
Presented by Erik Kessels

The Other of Art

In 2011, ELSE was launched with an aspiration to play with photography, to break away from the pretty image, since the issue of its status as documentary or art piece seemed to be largely obsolete. All that was left in the cultural field was a photograph perceived as a piece. Yet, already at the time, it was a piece stripped of that master that had for so long been associated as prefix. It is not that masterpieces have vanished from the history of photography; rather, let us say that they have been deactivated to leave room for re-contextualized images, replaced in their production or dissemination context. They thus asserted themselves as cultural objects. As the concept of vernacular is now being theorized and clarified, and as Werner Kühler himself - a regular guest in these pages—no longer hesitates to proceed with his coming out, it blatantly appears that it is not the mass of these other images that attracts us so much as their activation by actors from the field of photography - artists, collectors, critics, curators—into the field of art. These sets are, in Clément Chéroux's own words, the other of art.

It is the revenge of the archive, the encyclopedic palace, the dialectic of the document stripped of its primary status—its informative function—and thrown into the core of new cosmologies. Yesterday marginalized, these reinvented sets are the focus of sustained attention today. For the past three years, ELSE has been one of their ardent advocates.

Sam Stourdzé
Director of the Musée de l'Elysée (2010-2014)


Jean-Christophe Blaser
Curator at the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne, co-curator for the exhibition reGeneration : 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, shown in Europe, the United States and China. Independant curator for photography and contemporary art exhibitions, he manages Kunstart, the assocation that runs Neuchâtel Art Center (CAN).

Yannick Bouillis
After studying philosophy, Yannick Bouillis (1972, France) is journalist for Asahi Shimbun (European affairs) before becoming a dealer in rare contemporary books (Artist books / Photography / Graphic Design ). He specializes on issues related to the image (photography and new media), interested in innovative mediations in art (museality, editorial practices…). Based in Arles and Amsterdam, he is the founder and director of Offprint Paris and Amsterdam Art Book Fair. He is presently authoring an essay on the links between poetry and contemporary art.

Martin Crawl
Lives and works in Paris. The series Where to be when the past is over was shown in Arles, as part of the exhibition From Here On (2011). The series Portrait of the Artist as a Daring Young American was exhibited at Paris Photo (2011). He has also published a text in the catalogue released for the exhibition Derrière le rideau, L’Esthétique Photomaton (2012).

Clément Chéroux
Photography Curator at the Centre Pompidou – Musée national d'art moderne. A Photography Historian and Doctor in Art History, he runs the magazine Etudes photographiques. He curated the exhibitions Mémoire des camps: photographies des camps de concentration et d’extermination nazis, 1933-1999 (2001), Le Troisième oeil: la photographie et l’occulte (2004), La Subversion des images: surréalisme, photographie, film (2009), Shoot! La photographie existentielle (2010), Edvard Munch: l’oeil moderne (2011), Derrière le rideau, l’esthétique Photomaton (2012).

Erik Kessels
Creative Director at KesselsKramer, an independent international communication agency located in Amsterdam and London. Kessels (1966) published several books of vernacular photography through KesselsKramer Publishing, including the In almost every picture series. He is one of the editors for the alternative photography magazine Useful Photography, along with Hans Aarsman, Claudie de Cleen, Julian Germain and Hans van der Meer. Kessels was granted the Amsterdam Award for the Arts in 2010.

Werner Kühler
German photographer and collector (1968, Bochum). After studyingat a Dusseldorf Art school, he decides not to become an artist, buth rather to practise, on occasion or to order, the full range of applied photography. He has been collecting vernacular photography for fifteen years.

Michel Giniès
Press photographer specialized in portraiture of artists. His images have been published in major international publications. In 1995, he started a collection of rare cinema stills. In February 2014, he will be involved both as lender and photographer with the exhibition Paparazzi at the Centre Pompidou Metz.

Kevin Moore
Independent scholar and curator, living in New York, his recent exhibitions and publications include Jacques Henri Lartigue : The Invention of an Artist (2004 ; 2012 for the French edition) ; Words Without Pictures (2009) ; Starburst : Color Photography in America 1970 - 1980 (2010); Robert Heinecken (2012); and Alchemical (2013).

Christoph Schifferli
Born 1950 in Zurich, he studied Sinology and Economic History in Paris; in 1980, he undertakes research in Asia, and works in various positions in publishing and technology sectors. Since 1983, he’s mostly focused on multimedia and Internet. Christoph Schifferli collects photography and artists’ books since the 1980s.

Joachim Schmid
Joachim Schmid (1955) is a Berlin-based artist who has been working with found photographs since the early 80s. His work has been exhibited internationally and is included in numerous collections. In 2007, Photoworks and Steidl published a comprehensive monograph, Joachim Schmid: Photoworks 1982–2007, on the occasion of his first retrospective exhibition.

Sam Stourdzé
Director of the Musée de l’Elysée and Chief Editor for ELSE from 2011 to 2014. For many years now, he studies the mechanisms at work in the dissemination of images, with a focus on the links between photography, art and cinema. He has published several books and curated many exhibitions, including Le cliché-verre de Corot à Man Ray, the retrospectives Dorothea Lange and Tina Modotti, Chaplin et les images and Fellini, La Grande parade.

Véronique Terrier Hermann
A Doctor in Art History and Professor at the Ecole supérieure des beaux-arts in Nantes, she focuses more specifically on how contemporary art interplays with cinema and documentary.

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