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Chéroux, Clément

ChÉroux, Clément

PERSONAL:

Male.

CAREER:

Writer, editor, and historian. Études photographiques, assistant editor-in-chief. Also served as visiting research fellow at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

WRITINGS:

L'Expérience photographique d'August Strindberg: du naturalisme au sur-naturalisme, Actes Sud (Arles, France), 1994.

(Author of text, with Pierre Borhan) Impossible oubli: les camps nazis cinquante ans aprés, photographs by Michael Kenna, 2001, published as Impossible to Forget: The Nazi Camps Fifty Years After, Nazraeli Press (Tucson, AZ), 2001.

(With others) Memoire des camps: photographies des camps de concentration et d'extermination nazis (1933-1949), Marval, 2001.

(With others) Lartigue: Album of a Century, H. Abrams (New York, NY), 2003.

(With others) The Perfect Medium: Photograhy and the Occult, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT), 2005.

Also author of Fautographie: petite histoire de l'erreur photographique, 2003.

SIDELIGHTS:

Clément Chéroux is a photography historian and editor who has written books about photography and contributed to photographic exhibition catalogs. For example, his essay in The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult, discusses the relationship between scientific thought of a century ago and the photographs showing such things as supposedly normally invisible rays of light and "ectoplasm." "Cheroux's comments are especially helpful in helping the reader understand the weird blobs and glows seen in the photographs accompanying this section, which are often reminiscent of abstract art," wrote a contributor to the Photography Museum.com Web site. A Publishers Weekly contributor wrote: "Given its subject matter, it's no surprise that this massive volume is more than a little spooky." Writing in Photo District News, Joanna Lehan called the collection of photographs and essays "substantial—as opposed to sensational." In a review in the Library Journal, Shauna Frischkorn referred to the catalog "as entertaining as it is enlightening." Chéroux also contributed to Lartigue: Album of a Century, which features the photographs of Jacques-Henri Lartigue, who was widely known for his photographs of the' French elite. Writing in Apollo, David Platzer noted that the book includes "some illuminating looks at aspects of Lartigue."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Apollo, December, 2004, David Platzer, review of Lartigue: Album of a Century, p. 87.

Library Journal, November 1, 2005, Shauna Frischkorn, review of The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult, p. 72.

Parachute: Contemporary Art Magazine, July-September, 2001, review of Memoire des camps: photographies des camps de concentration et d'extermination nazis (1933-1949), pp. 145-146.

Photo District News, November, 2005, Joanna Lehan, review of The Perfect Medium, p. 140.

Publishers Weekly, September 26, 2005, review of The Perfect Medium, p. 79.

ONLINE

Nordic Network for the History and Aesthetics of Photography,http://www.hf.uib.no/nnhap/ (November 1, 2006), brief mention of author and works.

Photography Museum.com,http://www.photographymuseum.com/ (November 1, 2006), review of The Perfect Medium. *

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