Lot 108: Francois Deschamps

Photo-Rapide: Eleven Books
Set of 11 Artist’s books
9 x 9 inches
Series: Documentation of Photo-Rapide
Edition 7/20
Courtesy of the artist
Fair Market Value

Francois Deschamps is a professor at the State University of New York in New Paltz, NY, where he teaches photography and related media. As a photographer and book artist, he has produced over 10 artists’ books. He has received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as three fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts. A Fulbright to Mali in 2010-11 resulted in a one-person exhibit Photo-Rapide: Francois Deschamps at the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz, New York and the exhibit Taxi Bamako at OK Harris Gallery in New York City. In June 2016 his work was presented at Fotofestiwal in Lodz, Poland and in 2018 he will be a Senior Research Fulbright scholar in Prague.

Photo-Rapide, a collaborative portrait project initiated in 2011, allows me to engage with people in a wide variety of cultural settings. I produce portraits on the spot with a portable digital printer. I think of the subjects as my collaborators as we examine the pictures on the camera back so that they pick the image they like—not always my choice. The print is put in a frame that they choose from a selection of card frames I have made based on relevant cultural themes. The collaboration is completed by photographing the person holding their framed image. Photo-Rapide: Eleven Books documents work done in a variety of communities in Mali, Senegal, the Peruvian Amazon, as well as diverse cultures in the United States.

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