BONJOUR ALAN by Louis Gary
230 x 285mm, 44 pages, Black & white printing, Perfect bound, Softcover, 2021
"While they were staying in New Zealand in 2018, French visual artist Louis Gary and his family were invited to his friend Alan’s wedding in South Korea. In parallel to his sculpture and drawing practice, Louis had recently started taking photos again with an old large format camera. He was able to shoot pictures prolifically thanks to a cheap stock of black and white medical film that is normally used for radiography. Whereas most photographers look for an excuse to not be their friend’s wedding photographer, Louis deals with the matter in his own tender and lopsided fashion, creating the chronicle of his friend’s intercultural wedding and of his family’s first South Korean experience. The photos were put away in a box and forgotten for four years, until South Korea-based publisher Same Dust proposed to edit them and to make a simple and elegant book out of them. BONJOUR ALAN is Same Dust’s first publication."