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Wi­thout being one of its of­fi­cial themes, Ame­ri­can pho­to­gra­phy is ve­ry much to the fore at this No­vem­ber’s Mois de la Pho­to in Pa­ris. Gar­ry Wi­no­grand is on show at Jeu de Paume (to Fe­brua­ry 8, 2015), and William Eg­gles­ton is at the Fon­da­tion Hen­ri Car­tier-Bres­son (through De­cem­ber 21), while Pa­ris Pho­to (No­vem­ber 13–16, Grand Pa­lais), which in recent years has been show­ca­sing pu­blic and pri­vate col­lec­tions to in­ter­es­ting ef­fect, is hos­ting not on­ly the Al­ka­zi col­lec­tion from In­dia, but al­so recent ac­qui­si­tions of work by Ame­ri­can pho­to­gra­phers from MoMA. All of which re­minds us of the en­thu­siasm with which Ame­ri­can pho­to­gra­phy was gree­ted in the 1960s and 70s, fol­lo­wing on from Ame­ri­can li­te­ra­ture, mu­sic and ci­ne­ma. In this is­sue Gilles Mo­ra, a great in­ter­me­dia­ry bet­ween the U.S. and France, traces its ex­ten­sive and di­verse in­fluence on pho­to­gra­phers in Eu­rope and the way it hel­ped to free them. In a ve­ry dif­ferent re­gis­ter, this is­sue al­so consi­ders the work of two other fi­gures ex­hi­bi­ted this No­vem­ber: Alix Cléo Rou­baud (Bi­blio­thèque Na­tio­nale de France, Oc­to­ber 28, 2014–Fe­brua­ry 1, 2015) and Michel Houel­le­becq (Pavillon Car­ré de Bau­douin, No­vem­ber 12, 2014–Ja­nua­ry 31, 2015). What they share is a mo­ve­ment bet­ween wri­ting and pho­to­gra­phy, and a ques­tio­ning of the re­la­tions bet­ween these two dis­ci­plines.

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