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Joël Tettamanti

Works 2001–2019 © Joël Tettamanti

Joël Tettamanti, Works 2001–2019
Benteli Verlag, Bern, 2014

ISBN 978-3-7165-1807-6

The title is ambiguous: eighteen years of photographic production — although the book appeared in 2014. Thus, depending on when it enters our hands, the work in the years to come has yet to be materialised. Joël Tettamanti questions the format of retrospective work on several levels. To begin with, each reproduction of the artist’s monumental and colourful photographs occupies a full page. Moreover, they are printed in black and white to remind us that the book is a document about photography, not the work itself. Only one page appears in colour in the special edition, and the purchaser may choose which one. Joël Tettamanti will be adding the most recent images from his research when the book enters production. What emerges is a personal atlas of spectacular, contemporary, often urban landscapes gleaned from around the world, whether in Africa, Asia, or the Far North. Not only that, but also sensitive portraits, which seem to enter, silently, into dialogue with architecture. Denis Pernet