by: Rémi Noël
Art Directed by Oliver Verdon
Published by POETRY WANTED + THIS IS NOT A MAP
Produced by Sandra Delefosse
folded 11 x 25 cm
unfolded 100 x 155 cm
Color Cover, B&W reproductions
Printed in France by I.M.E.
ISBN: 979 10 92398 00 7
This is the inaugural issue for Poetry’s Wanted THIS IS NOT A MAP collection, a new publishing house based in France that is venturing into a new map like format for presenting photographic work. Poetry Wanted describes them as “Perfectly useless maps that celebrate the encounter of a photographer and a place.” They are set to release 3 more issues and hopefully more to follow. Please visit there website for more information on this release and future publications - http://www.thisisnotamap.com/
This is, without a doubt, the least precise map of Texas in the history of Texas. Though a less-than-stellar student in geography, French photographer Rémi Noël has been obsessed with the “America” of Jack Kerouac, Edward Hopper and Robert Frank since his early school years. And Texas, with its endless highways and fleabag hotels, is the perfect setting for Noël’s playfully poetic tableaux. The 34 images presented here were taken during four trips to the Lone Star State between 2004 and 2012. From Houston to Marfa by way of Dallas, Noël and a plastic Batman (his only travelling campanion) crisscrossed the State in search of relics of the “timeless America” that inspires Noël so.
An advocate of “old fashioned” photography by pure circumstance, Rémi Noël works exclusively in silver film; none of the photographs presented here have been electronically altered.
After all, you don’t mess with Texas.