Camera

Translated by Emmelene Landon

Ugly Duckling Presse, Brooklyn, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-946433-28-2
Chapbook
Saddle-stitched. 32 pp, 5.5 x 7 in

Marcelline Delbecq’s Camera stitches itself together from a constellation of inquiries into photography as a practice of intuition and enigma. Delbecq interlaces works of film, photography, and writing to open a dialogue with herself, investigating photography’s impulse to reach outward. Camera forges an interplay between movement—the kind that lingers behind visual objects—and stillness, implicating a theory of the image as an interpretative, embodied act. With the fixity and power that looking at photographs enables, Camera builds an awareness, like that of Chris Marker’s distinction between Russian and American filmmakers, that unravels notions of “as above, so below.”

 

Brushing against the limits of memory and knowledge in this marvelous meditation on photography and the machinery of observation, Delbecq invites us to contemplate the permutations on both sides of the lens.

Erica Baum

Like when chalk makes a circle: as clear as that.

Jesse Ball

A composite of earth and sky, Marcelline Delbecq’s Camera is a pocket-guide to places no one has been.

Alexander Nemerov, author of Summoning Pearl Harbor

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