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Fiction réelle et œil de cristal. Les explorations photographiques de Jean Rouch

Abstract : Jean Rouch’s cinematographic involvement has somewhat relegated his attention to another visual medium in the background: photography. The Museum of Man showed the first exhibition devoted to his images in 2000, which suggested how vast might be his photographic material. This article aims to enlighten the photographic explorations of Jean Rouch, focusing on the most interesting period, the first part of his career, from 1946 to 1954. Through articles and books, such as Le Petit Dan (1948) and Le Niger en Pirogue (1954), Rouch tested the possibility of photography to deal with fiction, imagination and narrative. He used staging and manipulation of the real, initiating one of the paths he will take with his films in the mid-1950s; and played at the same time with the contemporary codes of exploration, adventure narrative and staging of oneself. However, his visual experiments went ahead with building of a strong belief in the objectivity and infallibility of the « crystal eye », inherited from Marcel Griaule, seen as particularly able to sustain a scientific discourse.
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Anaïs Mauuarin. Fiction réelle et œil de cristal. Les explorations photographiques de Jean Rouch. Journal des Africanistes, Société des Africanistes, 2017, 87 (1-2), pp.322-345. ⟨halshs-02265686⟩

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