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The Privacy of Photography

Jean-Marie Donat

The three series presented here are from a collection of 10,000 photos. One of their distinguishing characteristics is the repetition of a detail, which creates a sense of strangeness that questions the source of feelings and telling stories to those who know how to listen to them.

Jean-Marie Donat is an informed collector of photographs, which he has been gathering, for more than twenty-five years, during his journeys in Europe and the United States. The collection revolves around a powerful idea: providing a singular interpretation of the century. His photographic collection the subject of exhibitions throughout Europe and books in rare limited and unique editions.

The art of assembly, montage, juxtaposition assuredly creates connections between those images. The oblique gaze we cast upon them is the true constituent of the grouping that gives them significance, without which those images would remain dispersed, scattered, unknown, uncomprehended. Jacinto
Lageira, about the Jean-Marie Donat Collection.

Born in 1962 in Paris, France, Jean-Marie Donat has worked in publishing for thirty years. He contributed to the trendy Italian review ‘Frigidaire’ at the beginning of the 1980s, and was the studio manager and artistic director of Sarbacane Design for fifteen years, and participated in 2003 in launching Éditions Sarbacane. He now manages his own publishing company AllRight.

Valentin Lefranc

from Jean Marie Donat’s collection Blackface
from Jean Marie Donat’s collection Predator
from Jean Marie Donat’s collection Blackface
from Jean Marie Donat’s collection Teddybär
from Jean Marie Donat’s collection Predator
from Jean Marie Donat’s collection Teddybär