Des oiseaux . Christophe Maout


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The photographer Christophe Maout invites us to rediscover the birds of the cities from the windows of his Parisian flat while the country is confined in 2020. He sets up a very special device combining a pair of binoculars and a camera that takes us back to the origins of the medium. These round images evoke 19th century photography, that of the first Kodak cameras, but also its very essence: the image circle of the lens projected onto the sensitive surface. By varying the time of day, the orientation of the sun and the species of birds, Christophe Maout revives the ornithological tradition of observation, while adding an artistic gesture in the framing and the colour. He thus transports us into a world of lightness, alternating points of view, between skies and building roofs, with the clouds and the horizon as the only visual reference points.
This twelfth title in the collection is an ode to the magnificent freedom of birds that makes us look up to the sky. We had to wait until we were locked up to learn to look at them better.


This book is part of the Des oiseaux collection, which celebrates, through the eyes of various artists, their immense presence in a world where they are now fragile. Ornithologist Guilhem Lesaffre provides an original essay to accompany each set of photographs. Other titles in the collection include: Albarrán Cabrera, Graciela Iturbide, Leila Jeffreys, Rinko Kawauchi, Michael Kenna, Byung-Hun Min, Yoshinori Mizutani, Paolo Pellegrin, Bernard Plossu, Pentti Sammallahti and Terri Weifenbach.

Birds . Christophe Maout


Collection Des oiseaux
Version: English
Hardback, 20,5 x 26 cm
96 pages, 45 colour photographs
Text : Guilhem Lesaffre
Limited edition with print available

Group exhibition Des oiseaux
Galerie le Château d'Eau, Toulouse
From 3 June to 21 August 2022
ISBN : 978-2-36511-326-7

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