I had set the world on the table – Gérard Rondeau


"I had set the world on the table is not a catalogue of photographs but a call to ramble on Earth, an invitation to discover the worlds of Gérard Rondeau ."

John Forward

"A work of memory on the bright. (...) Gérard Rondeau Is as much the reporter of what lasts as the portraitist of the ephemeral. (...) His images refuse any masking effect: they want to be beyond the observation, on the side of a simple revelation that measures the weight of the elements and the obviousness of the beings. »

André Velter

Text language: French only

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Dense and complete work of an eager and curious man, of a photographer engaged, I had posed the world on the table, was published during a retrospective exhibition in Reims, shortly before his disappearance. It's both a travel diary and a diary. Photographer of the moment, he captures the poetry of a snowy landscape like the tragedy of Kosovo refugees in Albania. 

Man anchored in the present, sensitive to the world, his gaze is benevolent and without judgement, and his images are timeless. He knows how to grab the details that say everything, the looks of the simple people or the helpless, their silences. 

His photographs in black and white with powerful contrasts, often taken in the medium format, move far beyond their perfect composition or the beauty of their blurs. Rarely has a photographer known so well about men, their history, landscapes, their geography, and little things of their daily lives.

His portraits, including the greatest artists of our time, writers, painters, musicians, are sublimely delicate.

What if Gérard Rondeau was, for ever, this tree with a massive trunk, well anchored to the ground, which he photographed in the Marne...


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Photo of the inside of the book J'avais posé le monde sur la table

Weight1.5 kg
Size25 × 220 × 285 mm


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