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"SPACE UTOPIA. A JOURNEY THROUGH THE HISTORY OF SPACE EXPLORATION" par Vincent FOURNIER. Editions Rizzoli, Milan & Noeve, Paris. 2019.

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SPACE UTOPIA

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  • "SPACE UTOPIA. A JOURNEY THROUGH THE HISTORY OF SPACE EXPLORATION" par Vincent FOURNIER. Editions Rizzoli, Milan & Noeve, Paris. 2019. Imprimé en Italie. in-4, couverture toilée grise, titre doré estampé, photo sur le premier plat. Pages de garde illustrées. 184 pages. Texte en anglais, illustré de 101 reproductions photographiques couleurs, pleine page dont 55 en double page, par Vincent Fournier.

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    "Space explocation is humanity's great adventure, a Leap into the unknown, towards a dark light, beyond Earth's protective atmosphere and the gravity that keeps us here. Space represents the universal desire not only to contemplate the sky, but also to fall into the void. Desire, from the Latin word desiderare, means regret and nostalgia for a Lost star. But how can we desire something that we don't know? Could it be that the stardust that we are made of somehow reminds us of the primordial time in which we floated in space? If so, men would then be like gods fallen from heaven, nostalgic and unconscious of this star that they lost? My aesthetic, philosophical and recreational fascination for the space adventure undoubtedly comes from the pictures and books I saw and read in the 1970s and '80s - movies, television series, science-fiction novels, documentaries, and news reports - that have mixed and superimposed in my memory like a palimpsest. My images are a mix of purely documentary elements and very carefully constructed staging in which each detail depends on the overall composition. Space exploration's emblematic locations are like cinema sets where Tintin might meet with Jules Verne in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey... Between 2007 and 2017, I photographed both the past and the future of space exploration, from the space race in the 1960s to the NASA SLS Launch vehicle expected to go to Mars within the next twenty years. This decade also marks the transition from political to economic considerations about space, as well as the introduction of a worldwide dimension. After the Cold War and the domination of the super powers of yesteyear, the space sector became less of a military priority than an economic one, also involving investments by private firms with multiple interests: communication, science, research and development, ecology, health technology, and even space tourism…"

     

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