Monday 29 June 2009

Emmanuel Guibert, Didier Lefevre, Frederick Lemercier - The Photographer

This is a great book. It's a really interesting subject and is beautifully drawn by Guibert. His drawings a lot different than in 'Alan's War', it's much more tintin-esque looking (he says this himself in the book by putting the words into the mouth of Didier) but not with a clear line. It's his thick inky expressive lines. The tintin-ness is probably also from the way its coloured in flat colours instead of being black and white like 'Alan's War'. The most interesting thing about the artwork is the way the drawings really seamlessly combine with the photos of Lefevre. The book uses the contact sheets for the photographs so they are already in a sort of strip format. Many are marked with crosses by the photographer and are not quite perfect, every so often there is a big half page photo to show something important which is the photo that has come out just right. There are several whole pages of loads of little tiny photos showing all the moments in a scene.

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