Une esthétique de chiffonnier (le photographe itinérant) – Olivier Asselin

[Summer 2000]

This article was originally published only in French. You can read it by switching over to the French version of this page.

Asselin recalls the various modem figures of the walker and the modalities of their aesthetic contemplation. The photographer bears a resemblance to the Baudelairean figure of the flâneur, torn between aestheticization of his marginality and the incontrovertible realities of the world of the marketplace. He is forced, a little like a ragpicker, to recycle the aesthetic values of his images for that marketplace.