The Marseille Papers
The series is part of an on-going project looking at 1,200 identity photographs from southeast France, dating between 1900 and 1970. The flat, platitudinous surface that Roland Barthes refers to in Camera Lucida represents both the physical photographic surface and also the conceptual impenetrability of never knowing. This work is an exploration of the mnemonic powers of these portraits in my quest to recover a life that has vanished, to reconnect with the referent, and to gain a sense of who they were. Under the exact, objective and unforgiving gaze of the digital macro lens, what emerges is a strong sense of presence, and a dialogue between past and present as it moves through different spaces, an intersection of histories.
Lucy Bentham • David Gibson • Gabby Laurent • Katie Lowe • Michelle Reynolds • Carly Seller • Liz-Ann Vincent-Merry • James Waterfield •