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Out of the Blue by Virginie Rebetez

Virginie Rebetez, Texts by Frédérique Destribats, Simon Karlstetter & Elisa Rusca, Ed. by Delphine Bedel

ISBN 978-90-821182-2-3


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– Suzanne Gloria Lyall, missing since March 2 1998 in Albany (NY), at the age of 19 -
Out of the Blue is a conceptual work with a tragic underlying narrative — the disappearance of the teenager. The project tends to question our relationship towards absence and loss and the need of physicality in the process of acceptance and closure. The book combines materials from different sources, such as family archives, reproductions of police and psychic files as well as photographs by Virginie Rebetez. This two year project is also a reflection on the medium of photography. The status of each image is constantly shifting, offering new meaning and context to this open case. Through the work, Suzanne is never clearly shown. The only clear portraits of her are the three "aged-progressed composites" made by a forensic artist Virginie commissioned, which show Suzanne's possible features at the age of 37 (2015).

Texts by Frédérique Destribats, Simon Karlstetter & Elisa Rusca
Editor Delphine Bedel
Design Chi-Long Trieu
144 pages, 21x28 cm, English
With a 28 p booklet, & 1 folded poster
Four-color process, clothbound hardback,
Edition 10/2016
Signed copies available on request


• Shortlisted for the Author Photobook Award Arles 2017
• Shortlisted for the Paris Photo - Aperture Foundation Photobook Award 2017
• Nominated as Best PhotoBook of 2016 by Rémi Coignet, Yumi Goto, Colin Pantall & Stefano Stoll 

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