During three years, Gilles Raynaldy observed the everyday life of students, professors and staff of a school establishment in Montreuil near Paris: “the cité scolaire Jean-Jaurès”.
Gilles Raynaldy’s photographs are both distant and very close to their subjects, they capture the multiple facets of a complex reality: individual gestures, movements of groups, attitudes, postures and signs of adolescence. As in a film, the book moves through the seasons of the school year; it opens classroom doors, it shows playgrounds, laboratories, kitchens, the dining hall… places that are sometimes bustling with people and sometimes silent.
Shots of the exhibition which was organized by the photographer in the “cité scolaire” mingle with these black and white and colour photographs. This exhibition in situ accompanied the students’ life for a few months, forming one body with the buildings’ walls.
Jean-Jaurès was nominated for the Best Photobook Award - Rencontres d'Arles 2015
and for the First Photobook Award - Paris Photo Aperture 2015.
Photographs: Gilles Raynaldy
Conversation with Michel Poivert
166 photographs, 304 pages
Format: 200 × 276 mm
Bilingual French, English
Editorial design: Francesca Alberti and Gilles Raynaldy
Graphic design: Gilles Raynaldy and Paul Demare
Photogravure: Atelier Philippe Guilvard
Translation: Domo Baal, Eglé de Richemont
Proofreading: Anne Marquez and Josephine Halvorson
printing: Grafiche Siz (Verona, Italy)
Price in bookstores: 39 € TTC
Publishing: purpose éditions
The book enjoys support from:
SCPCI - Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication
Galerie Vincenz Sala
La ville de Montreuil