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État d’urgence

by Bettina Lockemann

Offered by Spector Books




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“On Saturday, 14 November 2015, as we were walking through
the city, we saw that the people selling fruit and vegetables
on the Boulevard de Rochechouart had already unloaded
the crates from their cars before realizing that the state of
emergency that had been imposed on Paris also affected their
market. They stood around, uncertain what to do. They weren’t
quite ready to pack up their perishable goods again. The
terrorist attacks had had an impact on them too. It was only
later that I realized that I should have recorded the situation,
that it revealed more about the day than the endless repeats
of reports from the scene and rituals of grief.” This was the
entry Jan Wenzel, publisher of Spector Books, posted in his
Facebook blog. The État d’urgence affected everyone who
was in the capital at the time. Like so many of her colleagues,
Bettina Lockemann had travelled to the city to attend Paris
Photo. On 14 November 2015 she roamed through the city
with her camera, recording the oppressive atmosphere in
its streets and squares.

Bettina Lockemann (b. 1971, Berlin, Germany), artist and
theorist in the field of photography, co-founded the Büro
für Bildangelegenheiten together with Elisabeth Neudörfl
in 1995 and has been professor for photography at the
Braunschweig University of Art (HBK) since 2010.

120 pp.
with 60 black-white images
thread-sewn softcover

Leipzig 2016