The 2020 photographic book in Carleton-sur-Mer
COLLECTION OF PHOTOBOOKS
For its 11th edition, Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie is proud to be enriching the collection of photographic books belonging to the Gabrielle-Bernard-Dubé library in Carleton-sur-Mer by adding new works selected by Serge Allaire, curator, art historian and critic.
For the last five years, the works in this collection have been the subject of an exhibition entitled Le livre photographique, curated by Mr. Allaire. Exceptionally, owing to health measures in force connected to COVID-19, there will be no exhibit devoted to the photobook at Rencontres in 2020. Rencontres nevertheless hopes to restore it to the program in 2021.
The importance of the photographic book is already well established in major international fairs in Europe and the United States. For more than 20 years, a number of international publications and events have stressed its importance as both a form of expression and as creation in its own right in photographic practice. In taking a step in the same direction, Rencontres is seeking to ensure a visibility for the photobook, and to awaken the interest of the general public as well as that of collectors in the value of the book as a form of expression and as a collectible item.
Collection of photobooks
Mr. Allaire’s choices for 2020 constitute a pool of works by photographers participating in the 11th edition of Rencontres and recent publications by Québec photographers.
These books take their place with those in the collection built up over the past five years, which brings together works by photographers taking part in recent editions of Rencontres along with a selection of publications by artists from Québec and elsewhere in Canada, as well as from publishers in other countries.
In the winter of 2021, following the second edition of “L’espace du livre,” an exhibition, exchange and get-together project on the subject of the photographic book organized by Rencontres and Les PUI – Pratiques et Usages de l’Image (Nantes, France), Mr. Allaire will select 20 or so other Québec works to be integrated into the collection as well.