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Philippe Jarrigeon

PLAY Philippe Jarrigeon

PLAY Philippe JarrigeonPLAY
Philippe Jarrigeon
RVB Books


162 pages
240 x 320 mm
ISBN 9782492175107


Filled with colours and tangy memories, PLAY, Philippe Jarrigeon’s first monograph, celebrates 15 years of a photography that is free of expression and deliciously deviant. Published by RVB Books under the artistic direction of Beda Achermann, the book gathers a collection of personal and editorial shots of mixed genres, between portraits, still lives and landscapes.

The polysemic term PLAY is the GAME echoing with the insolence and the sense of humour that inhabit each image. It is the acting GAME evoking the major role held by the models who are staged. It is also the start of a video, a tune… a new GAME. Imagine the fantasy, the colours, the attention to detail; Cher Horowitz from Clueless coexisting with Carlotta Valdes from Vertigo; Wheel of Fortune, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’s gazpacho, a TV show set mock up; all of this conversing together, and you will get a catalogue of images with, as common thread, the fabulous universe of 1990s television and cinema. All of it forms a visual library of our collective pop culture, with one peculiarity: everything seems offbeat. The sequence of images here has been thought out like a zapping session, where glam goes hand in hand with plain consumer good, the exceptional with the trivial, the beautiful with the ugly, the too serious with the too funny. The locations that have been photographed seem faker than movie sets, as the young models mimic the big stars. PLAY is the parody of a logbook, the diary of a great Hollywood studio at the teen years of Golden Age.

About the Artist
Philippe Jarrigeon, photographer, was born in 1982 in France. He graduated from the ECAL / Switzerland in photography in 2006 where he is now a professor. His work has been exhibited at La Galerie des Galeries, Paris (2014), the Fotomuseum Winterthur (2009) and at the International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères (2008). In 2021 he released his first monograph, “PLAY” which was shortlisted for the Paris Photo–Aperture “First PhotoBook award.”

About the Publisher 
RVB Books is both an independent publisher dedicated to designing and printing unique fine arts books and a gallery featuring exhibitions on new editorial practices.