Continuing the work he started with Album Beauty, Erik Kessels brings us a new work, based on his own collection of photographs. In Mother Nature, he assembles photographs of women posing in front of flowered backgrounds, including flowerbeds in public and private gardens, fields and beyond. This universal theme, which he identified within his own photo collection, allows us to observe both the repetition and difference that interweave, yielding a common narrative. This book gives us the opportunity to move between places, times, generations and cultures, the individual stories and foreign faces of which create a universe within which we see our common and immutable practices come together. In his book, Erik Kessels renders these private photographs visible anew, creating a visual anthropology of lived moments.
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.