• Nicola Giuliato •
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For more than fifteen years French photographer Bernard Plossu took photographs of Mexico's landscape and culture. The book Vámonos! Bernard Plossu in Mexico.
Published by Aperture, picks up the adventures lived during his sojourns there, the first one between 1965 and 1966, the last one in 1981.
Plossu was born in Da Lat, Southern Vietnam in 1945, and his photographs have fascinated younger generations of French as the novels of Jack Kerouac have inspired Americans.
Thanks to his Romantic vision, he's been able to portray all sorts of people and places: from farmers in the fields to the luxurious lifestyles of the wealthiest families.
With more than 300 images, the book is divided in chapters for each trip, from the North border to the tropical zones in Mexico.
To anyone who has lived in Mexico, who has dreamed of this country, and who has decided to leave anyway, those "married" with the place as I am, Vámonos! Bernard Plossu in Mexico is a must-have book.
A profound history that captures the essence of the "monster's" shadow until it reaches and caresses this country's multi-faceted beauty.
Ploussu's form is unmistakable, a refined intellectual, an erudite (cofounding the magazine Les Cahiers de la Photographie with Claude Nori, Gilles Mora, and then with Denis Roche); his vision is at the same time very poetic.
Plossu is a sublime collector of feelings. In his work we all may constuct a personal trip. In that sense, Plossu is a poet that uses the language of photography as well as delicate feelings of evocation.
During his travels around the world, profound impressions were gathered in a fashion often blurry, often improvised.
This type of improvisation, of the spur of the moment, this ambiguity of detail, leaves room for the imagination in this wonderful photographic text, is precisely what builds a tale and a magnificent book which you mustn't miss, ¡Vámonos! Bernard Plossu in Mexico.