Dominique is the most popular gender-neutral first name in France. It is also the twenty-seventh most common first name, just as Lambert is the twenty-seventh most common last name. From these names Stephanie Solinas establishes her study population of the one hundred and ninety-one Dominique Lamberts listed in the telephone directory (the French white pages).
Implementing an array of techniques used by public official services to represent a person’s identity, involving experts, and advancing her investigation over multiple successive stages, Stéphanie Solinas explores and exhausts the processes and tools of representation itself, uncovering of the worlds of each Dominique Lambert.
This book displays for the first time a collection of faces within a sample population through which both clichés and singularities are questioned to make up the full portrait of how indeterminate and complex identity appears.
RVB BOOKS is an independent Parisian company that publishes books according to an original modus operandi, born thanks to the possibilities offered by Internet, and yet close to the Pre-Gutenbergian era of publishing. Matthieu and Rémi work on the assumption that each and every book, and in some cases, every model of every author should have its own form and format. Not a collection, but a living spirit which is not frozen into rigid forms.
Mathieu Charon and Rémi Faucheux both followed singular paths in the publishing industry before uniting their ideas and their know-how to create RVB BOOKS in 2011. Matthieu was at the origin of the collection Janvier Léo Scheer: monographs devoted to artistic photography, while Rémi directed the publishing project “Clinic” with Useful Photography.