Until April 2nd 2012, the Beaux Arts and Archeology Museum of Besançon will be hosting a major exhibition of photographs by Bernard Plossu (b. 1945). Read on to find out how these photos of his Mexican travels came about by chance.
The exhibition in Besançon, titled Le Voyage Mexicain, consists of 220 prints divided into three distinct sections. The first, covers Plossu’s discovery of photography, and features the daily lives of hippies including images of parties and marijuana use. The second, features landscapes, and the third and most substantial, shot in 1970 on his return to Mexico, the difficulties of daily life on the outskirts of major cities.
“I wasn’t a photographer” Plossu recalls, “I had my Super 8 camera with me, I loved to film, until the camera fell in the water and broke. So I started taking pictures. My pictures have always been influenced by my love for the cinema. I don’t think I ever would have become a film maker, destiny took over in a good way.”
In light of this, it is easy to understand how stylistically, Plossu’s work seems to be dominated by film. The exhibition ends with the projection of a 30-minute 8mm film taken in Mexico, before his camera fell in the water.
Bernard Plossu Les voyages mexicains is open until April 2nd, 2012 at the Musée des Beaux-Arts & d’Archéologie, 1 Place de la Révolution, 25000 Besançon, France Find out more at musee-arts-besancon.org and http://lalettredelaphotographie.com.