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"Les Carnets du BAL" 's collection aims to explore the stakes of the contemporary image and to apprehend the notion of visual "document" in all its diversity. Each subject is addressed through theoretical contributions, presentations and analyses of works by renowned artists, philosophers, historians, anthropologists and critics, based on examples chosen from the fields of photography, video and cinema.

“Why do we remember some images more than others ? Mental, photographic or cinematic images, how can they be fixed in our memory ? Several texts come to answer all these questions and this notebook calls upon disciplines such as art history, artistic practice, psychoanalysis, cognitive sciences or history. Some images persist while others disappear and this is why photography exists: We want to freeze a fleeting moment. We desire to understand how it settles in the memory, sometimes forever". - Guillaume Le Gall, editorial director for Carnets du BAL #5.

Les Carnets du BAL #5 is based on the seminar entitled "The Persistence of Images" which, at the initiative of the BAL, was held on October 21 and 22, 2013 at the EHESS, in Paris.

Publication date:2014
Number of pages: 240 pages
Weight: 448 g.
Dimensions: 15 × 20,5 cm


This book was produced with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, General Secretariat, Department for the Coordination of Cultural Policies and Innovation; the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, General Directorate for School Education; and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, EHESS.

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