Au doigt et à l’œil : Self-portrait of a photographer
Author : Françoise Huguier
Publisher : Éd. Sabine Wespieser
Release Date : 04/2014
ISBN : 978-2-84805-163-5
Book Size : 14 x 18 cm
Language : French
Since nearly 40 years, Françoise Huguier strides up the world, fashions show, backstages, in search of the right light and the perfect frame. In the “Photo Poche” preface dedicated to the work of this great Lady of photography, Gerard Lefort evocates her style, identifiable from all other: “While comes the time to close up Françoise Huguier’s books, just after having been immerge in hundreds of her photographs, what is left? A Russian proletarian drinking directly from the bottle in a nickel smelter in Norilsk. A bozo girl dressed with an incongruous bra in Mopti, Mali. An evanescence of ultramarine blue at the end of a Thierry Mugler fashion show in January 1997. A handsome, proud and sad young man working in a Cambodian plantation. All of them are like characters of an internationalist fiction. All of them are heroes of daily life “.
Françoise Huguier, who lived a decisive episode during her childhood – she was kidnapped at the age of eight by Viet Minhs in Cambodia and held hostage for eight months in the “cursed jungle”–, decided today, to puts words, and only words, on her astonishing experience of life. Her autobiography goes back to the most intimate of her photographic choices, starting with learning the job as a laboratory worker, where she spent her days in the dark developing film shots. It also the portrait of a free and determined women who never allows herself to be imposed. Françoise Huguier appears here as an explorer who has nothing to envy to the women pioneers of the last century. This self-portrait also reads like a formidable adventure novel.