after”ceci n’est pas une carte postale” in 2018 and “Photo-novel” in 2021, “Poteaugraphies” is the new book by Christian Ramade.
Christian Ramade was born in Marseille where he studied medicine while devoting himself to photography and more particularly to color images. He collaborated for more than ten years with the network of “100 historic sites of the Mediterranean” (United Nations) and exhibited in many French cultural centers around the Mediterranean. He created the “Aubagne en Vues” festival and “Les Photologies” he animates many workshops, in Arles among others, he collaborated for a time to Réponses photo, and directs a collection of “texts with a view” books. He gives many conferences on photography. Currently his work focuses on Italy and France. He has exhibited in many countries, Poteaugraphies is his 15th book. Christian Ramade still resides in Provence.
This is the kind of photos that generally cannot be done. As one would say of a morally reprehensible action: it is not done. But art is not morality, and its rules consist in transgressing the rules, or inventing new ones. We do not photograph one (or more) post(s). The Poles, we avoid them. We take them out of the frame. We erase them. We curse them (aesthetically). Or, if need be, they are used as an overline in a composition, as a frame in the framing. It is the rule. But not in the foreground. A post (or equivalent) is not a pattern. We deal with it. We manage, often it is a bother. But in the world of photography there is an image maker who does as he pleases, who transgresses this rule with joy, humor and subtlety. A strange bird with a keen eye and a hair lock still brown: Christian Ramade…
(Excerpt from the preface written by Yves Gerbal)
Christian Ramade: Poteaugraphies
Publisher: Association Photo#graphie
142 pages; 19.00 x 13.00