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Wright Morris - The essence of the visible

2 Impasse Lebouis, Paris, 75014, France

A respected writer in the United States, the American Wright Morris (1910-1998) innovates when he undertakes his photographic campaigns, seeking very early to "capture the essence of the visible". The HCB Foundation is offering for the first time in France its dual photographic and literary vision of America. The exhibition consists of prints, books and documents from the Estate of Wright Morris in San Francisco. Wright Morris spends his childhood tossed between Nebraska, Chicago, his uncle's farms and long journeys across America with his father. At 23, he traveled to Europe and decided, when he returned, to devote himself fully to writing. He quickly realized that photography could capture what he was trying to "capture with words". This formal research will give birth to his first "photo-text", The Inhabitants (1946), in which the fictional texts are combined with photographs mainly made in Nebraska, where he draws his roots. Unlike her fictions, which are often centered on flamboyant characters, her photographs almost never show anyone. Yet, a lot of life transpires between (ubiquitous) chairs, mirrors, cars or even (basic) wood architectures. The photographs of Wright Morris are rooted in the territory, inhabited by a disarming simplicity while maintaining an enigmatic character, that of places and objects in their nakedness that nobody animates. Now, it is indeed a celebration of the living: a singer of the intimate, Wright Morris makes visible the invisible and this paradox is probably the most beautiful gesture of photography. The exhibition is accompanied by the catalog of the exhibition The Essence of the Visible as well as the collection of texts Fragments de temps, published by Éditions Xavier Barral.

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