Le Louvre et ses visiteurs | O Louvre e seus visitantes | The Louvre and its Visitors
The Brazilian photographer Alécio de Andrade (1938-2003) was also a poet, pianist and friend of writers and musicians the world over. He settled in Paris in 1964 and for the next 39 years would continually return to the collections of the Louvre Museum. From these wanderings he has left 12,000 photographs. Each frame is like a scene from a play, with us as spectators looking over the artist’s shoulder at the actors, the visitors to the Museum. They show a poetic vision full of humour and poignancy, which allows us to understand the ways in which people appropriate public spaces and the variety of relationships, sometimes quite unexpected, that they establish with the works of art. The book conjures up the various stages of a visit like a scenario, consciously avoiding a chronological approach or documenting the museum’s transformations over the years.
Alécio de Andrade
“The photographer’s moment precedes and accompanies looking, capturing others’ moments and, in Alécio’s case, he teaches us that nothing is necessarily as we see it. But the art of capturing the fleeting moment, which became indispensible to photography throughout the 20th century, is also a homage to life, and, in that, Alécio was a master.”
Pedro de Souza
Enfances - Erinnerungen in die Kindheit
The introduction to this book is a long conversation between the psychoanalyst Françoise Dolto and her daughter Catherine, in which she looks back on her childhood memories and especially her relationship with her parents, her brothers and her sister. Alécio de Andrade’s photographs of children slot naturally into this “impromptu evocation” as Françoise Dolto refers to it, accompanying it by making it more topical. From the early photographs taken in Brazil (1963) to those in New York and Paris (1985), the Brazilian photographer wholeheartedly captures the sense of mischief and amazement that constitute the endearing naivety of childhood.
Paris ou la vocation de l’image | París – Ritmos de una Ciudad | Paris – Essence of an Image | Paris – Bilder eines poetsichen Alltag
Julio Cortázar wrote in his preface that “Every city invents its own vocabulary, lets drop in everyday speech those expressions that can only have meaning for it, in it.” In this work, Alécio de Andrade succeeds in capturing atmospheres and arresting fleeting passing moments, catching hold of or stealing the piquancy of a particular instant. With him, Paris lives through its pores, both day and night, enjoying itself, getting married, watching, waiting and loving. The photographer’s oneness with Paris is no accident. The subtlety of the photographs in this book lies in their creator’s sensitivity for these everyday moments that, while often fleeting, are nonetheless essential, vital.
Alécio de Andrade – Fotografias