Using as a starting point the vocabulary that is common between shooting and photography (e.g. recharge, aim, shoot), the curator of the exhibition highlights how this practice “offers the surprising possibility to be photographically embodied while annihilating oneself symbolically”. The exhibition retraces the history of this phenomenon by presenting photographs of anonymous subjects and celebrities taken at these fairs, as well as works by artists who have acquired this type of image or even one of the photo machines that was originally used. A shooting range with this device is set up for the Festival, allowing visitors to shoot and go home with their portrait.
Artists involved with SHOOT ! la photographie existentielle, presented by Festival Images :
Sylvia Ballhause, Shooting himself - Shooting myself - Shooting range / Alain Declercq, R.I.P (Portraits) - Silvio Berlusconi / Agnès Geoffray La Tireuse / Erik Kessels, in almost every picture #7 / Jean-François Lecourt, Tirs / Christian Marclay Crossfire / Emilie Pitoiset, Just because / Niki de Saint Phalle Feu à volonté / Andres Serrano, Objects of Desire / Roman Signer, Schusslinie, Figur, Schiessbuden am Jahrmarkt / Rudolf Steiner Pictures of me, shooting myself into a picture / Patrick Zachmann The last shot / Collection Hegi, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne.
The shooting range was designed and built by Martin Becka and Maximilien Roy with the support of Olympus.
Curator: Clément Chéroux
Exhibition coproduced by les Rencontres d’Arles and the Museum Für Photographie, Braunschweig.
The extensive version of the exhibition in Vevey was organised by Festival Images.
A Catalogue of SHOOT ! - la photographie existentielle is on sale at the Festival Images bookshop.