33,280 color slides, 23,076 black and white negatives: it is with this concise list that one of the hundreds of pages of the diary kept by Madeleine de Sinéty could have started. The quality of her relationship with the photographed beings, the theatre of their gestures, the intimacy, the richness and the diversity of the encounters made in Poilley, a small village 60 kilometres north of Rennes, overflow on all sides with the enormous accumulation of images. Born in 1934, the photographer lived in Poilley from 1972 to 1982. She would subsequently make many trips there from the United States, where she had established her residence. She died in 2011 before being able to order this archive herself. Only the black-and-white images had been partially revealed in one exhibition at the BNF and one at the Museum of Art in Portland. With Peter, her son, we reviewed the fund of color images and tried, as humbly and faithfully as possible, to highlight her business, which is neither that of a photographer responding to a commission, nor that of an anthropologist - but the business of making a living from an artist sharing the life of a tight-knit community, of a rapidly changing rural microcosm on the edge of modernity. Un Village receives publishing aid from the Brittany Region and support from the Alliance Française du Maine, Portland, United States.
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|Dimensions||21 x 23 cm|
|No. of Pages||188|