THE OTHERS / Olivier Culmann

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Olivier Culmann : The Others
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With three different covers, this monograph gathers for the firts time the series The Others that Olivier Culmann initated in 2009 while living in India. For this work, he chose to use his own image as a tool to explore social fantasies and the suestions of self and otherness. Fascinated by popular imagery and codes of staged photography, he used as a base material a series of portraits rendering the variety of components contribuing to building individual identity : religion, caste, social class, occupation and regional origin. The portraits are subsequntly transformed using the various techniques of iconographic creation commonly used in India : raging from neigborhood photo studio, to digital lab alterations with Photoshopalike soft or portrait painted after photographs. At the same time, author, director and actor, Olivier Culmann explore in the series, the limits of photography by questioning the construction of social status through practices of self-representation.

Several essays enlighten us on the multiple facets of this work :
Christian Caujolle, associate professor at the Ecole National Supérieur Louis-Lumière, independent curator
François Cheval, director of the Museum Nicephore Niepce
Christopher Pinney, professor of Anthropology and visual culture at University College London

Book signing :
Paris Photo, EXB (E08), 13th November, 5 p.m
Librairie Folies d’Encre, Montreuil, 21th November, 10:30 a.m
Librairie Le 29, Paris, 24th November, 6:30 p.m

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With the support of Olympus France, Fonds de dotation agnès b., Musée Nicéphore Niépce, La Souris sur le gâteau
Olivier Culmann : The Others
Limited edition


On the occasion of the book release The Others by Olivier Culmann, Xavier Barral offers a limited edition box set of 50 copies including the book and color photographic print.

Signed book in a cloth slipcase
with a color print signed by the artist
Print size : 20,5 x 25,3 cm
Edition numbered 1-50
Launch price : 300€ TTC for 1-20.

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