François-Marie Banier - vous me manquiez

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Steidl, 2009 - Photography - 328 pages
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For the past three decades French photographer François-Marie Banier has turned his lens on Yves Saint Laurent, Johnny Depp, Samuel Beckett, Silvana Mangano and Vladimir Horowitz, among other icons. He is equally enthralled with capturing anonymous life on the street: "My thirst for faces, for bodies, for ways of sitting, standing and walking and for newly discovered gazes slakes all other thirsts. My thirst for music, for the sea, for mountain peaks, for the myriad pleasures and feelings that make life so varied, so similar, so captivatingly unpredictable." "I Missed You" combines these twin subjects in a single chunky, beautifully designed and giftworthy monograph. Street portraits taken all across the world sit alongside casual, unposed images of the Queen of England, Cy Twombly, James Ellroy, Robert Frank, Johnny Depp, Andreas Gursky, Jeanne Moreau, Woody Allen, Robert Ryman, James Turrell, Wim Wenders, Michelangelo Antonioni and many others besides.

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About the author (2009)

Franaois-Marie Banierwas born in Paris in 1947. A novelist and playwright, since the 1970s he has also been taking photographs of public figures as well as anonymous people in the street. In 1991 the Centre Pompidou in Paris exhibited his photographic work for the first time, and further exhibitions have since been organized throughout Europe, in Asia and in Latin America. Maison Europeenne de la Photographie presented a retrospective in 2003, exhibiting his "written" and "painted" photographs for the first time. He lives and works in Paris.

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