Photobook of the day: Antoine d’Agata’s gloomy ‘Oscurana’


In fact, there is not just one photobook–D’Agata will release seven albums with pictures from Latin America with the same name.

Antoine d’Agata, one of the most radical French photographers and a member of the Magnum agency, will release seven photo books under the common title Oscurana. They will be collected pictures that d’Agata made during travels in the countries of North and South America for 30 years.

The books will feature photographs from Brazil, Peru, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guatemala, Haiti, USA, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Mexico. Albums with the same name but different photos inside will publish the publishers Editions FIFV (Chile), Inframundo (Mexico), KWY (Peru), Le Dernier Cri (France), Sub, Editora (Argentina) and Void (Brazil – Greece).

The word “Oscurana” has two translations: in Central America, a so-called volcanic ash cloud, in the Andes–darkness. According to representatives of the Void publishing house, the D’Agata book is a very brutal reflection of violent Latin American society. “Through the degeneration and paroxysm of the flesh, the photographer tries to reveal fragments of a society that escape the usual analysis and visualization of the collective body,” says the publication summary.

The project will be presented on November 7 at the Polycopies fair in Paris, and then at the Paris Photo, which will be held from November 8 to 11.

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