Right of Inspection - Jacques Derrida & Marie-Françoise Plissart
DERRIDA, Jacques & Marie-Françoise PLISSART.
Right of Inspection.
First edition. 4to. Unpaginated. Black and white photography. Text in English. Illustrated wrappers and dust jacket. New York: Monacelli Press, 1998.
Dust jacket with two small tears at the edge and a little rubbed. Internally well preserved.
A hyper cool, seductive call-and-response between the imagery of Belgian photographer Marie-Françoise Plissart and the deconstructive text of philosopher Jacques Derrida.
Plissart shoots a series of black and white photographs arranged across a hundred pages, to form a 'photo novel', where we see an interplay of characters immersed in a series of erotic encounters. "You will never know, nor will you, all the stories I kept telling myself as I looked at these images", writes Derrida in reply. In his text the philosopher addresses gender, photographic genre, time, language, and the interpretative act of seeing. Such a unique collaboration offers a refreshing and compelling discussion on the erotics of the gaze and the interplays between image and text.