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​Capturing the art and beauty of memorials

Vincent Dowd
4th July 2019

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​4th July 2019

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World War One: The bodies of 7 Australian Soldiers finally identified

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CultureRezzO 61
Gabrielle Crawford

 

Au coucher du soleil(photographies Monuments aux morts)

Du 28 juin au 1er septembre 2019 

 

Pour son exposition estivale et en cette période de commémoration, le Mémorial de Montormel accueillera les photographies de Gabrielle Crawford. 
Des monuments commémoratifs ont été érigés sous diverses formes dans le monde entier, sous une forme pour toujours, mais il y a quelque chose qui touche votre coeur à propos de ceux du nord de la France : leurs détails, le talent artistique, qu’ils soient, en ciment, de marbre, de bronze sont extraordinaires.
 
Beaucoup sont le résultat de concours organisés localement pour choisir la meilleure personne pour créer le monument aux morts. Construit, aussi humble soit-il, pour faire le deuil de ceux qui sont perdus sur les champs de bataille souvent loin de chez eux. L'argent pour les ériger a été collecté par les familles endeuillées vendant tout ce qui leur restait de valeur, de bijoux, de bicyclettes, etc… tout pour que le nom de ceux qui ont été perdus, soit inscrit à jamais.
 
Aujourd’hui de nombreux monuments ont dû être déplacés pour s'adapter à notre vie moderne, à nos lignes téléphoniques, au réseau électrique et à nos voitures. Le manque d'espace a également souvent nécessité de combiner les monuments de 14/18 et 39/45 en un seul mémorial.
 
J'ai fait le choix, de ne pas photographier, si possible, les noms car aucune vie ne devrait être plus importante qu'une autre. Souvent cinq ou six membres d'une même famille dans un petit village. Certainement aussi douloureux que la Somme qui a perdu 200 000 personnes en quelques jours.
Je ne suis pas historienne. Au cours de mon voyage, j'ai appris les fleuves de sang qui ont coulé pour notre liberté.
 
Les combattants moustachus de la Grande Guerre, la puissante Croix du Sacrifice plongée dans des dalles de béton et de marbre sur les champs de bataille de la Somme. Les anges, haut dans les nuages au sommet des colonnes, bercent souvent les morts. Nike, Victory, grandes ailes de protection puissantes retenant ses enfants.
 
Je vous offre des hommages aux hommes, aux femmes et même aux animaux du monde entier. En espérant avoir représenté le plus grand nombre de pays possible dans le temps que j'ai eu et que j'ai pu trouver.

J'ai commencé cette aventure dans la partie d'un pays qui fera toujours partie de l'Angleterre, mais ce n'est que le début…
 
C'est un travail en cours et j'espère présenter d'ici deux ans un hommage international présentant de magnifiques monuments de guerre d'Europe et au-delà. Gabriel CRAWFORD
 
 
PratiqueExposition Au coucher du soleil – Gabrielle Crawford (photographies) Du 28 juin au 1er septembre 2019
Mémorial de Montormel
Visite libre tous les jours de 9h30 à 18h
Renseignements : Mémorial de Montormel 02 33 67 38 61 culture.orne.fr
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Memorials have been erected in various forms all over the world in some form forever, but there is something that touches your heart about those in northern France. The detail and artistry whether it be in cement, marble or bronze is extraordinary.
Many were the result of competitions run locally to chose the best person to create the monument. Built, however humble, to mourn those lost on battlefields often far from home . The money to pay for them was raised by bereaved families, selling whatever they had left of any value. Jewellery, bicycles, anything to have the name of those lost inscribed for ever.

As I learnt over these months and years, many monuments have had to be moved to accommodate our modern life, telephone lines, electricity and cars. Lack of space has also often necessitated combining the heavy losses of the years 14/18 and 39/45 into one memorial. I made the choice to not photograph names if possible as no life should be more important than another. Frequently five or six from one family in a tiny village. Surely as painful as the Somme where 200,000 had been lost in a few days. I am not a historian. I have learned along my voyage the rivers of blood that have flowed for our freedom.
The mustached fighters of the Great War. The powerful Cross of Sacrifice, plunged into slabs of concrete and marble on the battlefields of Somme.
The Angels, high in the clouds at the top of columns, often cradling the fallen. Nike, Victory, great powerful wings of protection holding her children.

I offer you tributes to men, women and even animals from all over the world. Hoping to have represented as many countries as possible in the time I have had and that I have been able to find.

I started this adventure in the part of a country that will be forever part of England but this is just the beginning. This is a work in progress and within two years I hope to present an international tribute, displaying wonderful war monuments from Europe and beyond.
 
Pierrick Bigot - Fonds départemental d’Art Contemporain Tél. : 02 33 31 25 43 - bigot.pierrick@orne.fr
 
Chantal Yvard – Chargée de communication Tel : 02 33 31 25 44 - yvard.chantal@orne.fr

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Gabrielle Crawford a été chargée par le Département d'Art Contemporain de l'Orne de créer une exposition historique de monuments de guerre photographiés dans le nord de la France.

'Au Coucher Du Soleil'

Pour être exposé au musée, Mémorial de Montormel à l'été 2019.

Le 28 juin au 1er septembre 2019
 
Renseignements :
Mémorial de Montormel
Tél. 02 33 67 38 61
 
Visite libre tous les jours de 9h30 à 18h

​Au coucher du soleil.
Quand nous étions enfants nous traversions le France chaque été avec nos parents. Mon père, un chirurgien de la marine qui avait servi pendant la deuxième guerre mondiale nous faisait prendre conscience de notre dette envers ceux qui avaient sacrifié leur vie pour notre liberté.
Je me souviens très bien à l’âge de 12 ans, sur la route  des vacances, des monuments de guerre dans tant de villages français que nous traversions  et notre père nous racontant les terribles pertes de vie dans le nord de la France.
 
Beaucoup de mes photographies ont été prises avec le ciel au deuxième plan. Les nuages défilent à un tel rythme en contraste avec le brave « Poilus » courageux, les canons levés, face à l’Est, toujours éternel.

Plusieurs fois, je me suis assise tranquillement, étudiant et interrogeant les émotions de ces hommes sculptés dans le granit, le fer, le bronze et le ciment. Quelle est la signification du regard dans leurs yeux? Désespoir, colère, peur, fierté? Des mains crispées, de tristes pieds bottés, immobiles.

Parfois, je sens la terre trembler sous mes pieds. De grands espaces ouverts, avec nulle part où se cacher. Les vents glacés se déchirent autour de moi, la pluie battante projetant d'énormes taches d'eau sur mon objectif, mais pour moi ce n'est que pour une heure ou deux, je peux rentrer à la maison.

​Après une vie de travail dans les films, la télévision et la musique, j'ai trouvé ma raison la plus gratifiante d'être photographe  pour honorer ces hommes, pour valoriser leur engagement pour un monde plus sûr.
 
Je suis profondément flattée en tant que photographe anglaise, d'avoir l'occasion de créer cet hommage.
‘Lest we forget.’
Gabrielle Crawford

Et au coucher du soleil, nous nous souviendrons d'eux. - Laurence Bignon - Septembre 1914.

MONTORMEL, Mémorial du 28 juin au 1er septembre 2019
 
Renseignements :
Mémorial de Montormel
Tél. 02 33 67 38 61
 
Visite libre tous les jours de 9h30 à 18h

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Gabrielle Crawford has been commissioned by the Orne Department of Contemporary Art to create a landmark exhibition of War Monuments photographed in Northern France.
"At the Going Down of the Sun"
​To be exhibited at the museum, Mémorial de Montormel in the summer of 2019.
MONTORMEL, Mémorial from 28 June to 1st September 2019

At The Going Down Of The Sun
As children we travelled through France each summer with our parents. My father, a naval surgeon, had served in the 39-45 war, and he made us very aware of debt we owed to those who had sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

Driving south from Calais at twelve years old, I remember the war monuments in so many of the villages, which we passed through, and my father telling us of the dreadful loss of life in Northern France.

These dramatic monuments were often paid for by small communities, who had lost entire families to the war effort.  They sold their bicycles and anything else of value they had left, to pay the sculptors for their work.

Many of my photographs are taken against the sky. Clouds racing past, such pace a contrast to the solid brave Poillus, guns raised, facing east, Forever still.

Many times I have sat quietly, studying and questioning the emotions of these men carved in granite, iron, bronze and cement. What is the meaning of the look in their eyes? Despair, anger, fear, pride? Clenched hands, sad booted feet lying motionless.

At times I feel the earth trembling beneath my feet. Wide open spaces, with nowhere to hide. The freezing winds tear around me, the driving rain throwing huge water spots on my lens, but for me it is only for an hour or two, I can go home.

After a lifetime of working in films, television and music I have found my most rewarding reason for being a photographer.  To honour these men, to value their commitment to a safer world.

I am deeply flattered as an English photographer, to have been given the opportunity to create this tribute.

‘Lest we forget.’
Gabrielle Crawford

‘And at the going down of the sun, we will remember them.’ - ​Laurence Bignon September 1914.

MONTORMEL, Mémorial from 28 June to 1st September 2019
 
Enquiries:
Mémorial de Montormel
Tel. 02 33 67 38 61
 
Visit from 9h30 to 18h
​No charge

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Attachments
Jane Birkin and Gabrielle Crawford

 Gabrielle Crawford has recently published the book Attachments with publisher a Martiniere. It is a visual journey with over 180 stunning photographs that illustrate a friendship between Gabrielle Crawford and Jane Birkin that began over 50 years ago. Attachments takes the reader into the heart of Jane’s family, where we cross paths with Serge Gainsbourg and her three daughters: Charlotte Gainsbourg , Lou Doillon and the late Kate Barry.

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Jane Birkin by Gabrielle Cawford

Gabrielle Crawford, the English photographer, and Jane Birkin met in 1965. Over the photographs and evidence gathered in this book, emerges an intimate portrait of the singer and the many facets of Jane's personality, talent and life.

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The cover of Marie Claire

Reviews

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A David and Goliath battle for copyright respect with Cartier

Sequence of events1. In late 2006, following my exhibition at the Arts Club in Dover Street, London, I was approached for an exhibition in Japan. Cartier were interested in the sponsorship and first meeting with the their representatives was at The Ritz Hotel London, where I was given business cards with Cartier embossed. I had no reason to doubt the validity of the sponsor.

2. The e mails received leading up to the exhibition were also sent from Cartier and their name is on the contract.

3. It would now seem the sole purpose of asking me to exhibit in Japan was to secure my close friend Jane Birkin to sing at the Cartier ‘Love Event’ the previous evening, details of which are supported by a lengthly letter from Ms Birkin.

4. The ‘Love Event’ in 2007 was held at the Robuchon restaurant in Tokyo. There was a large led screen with my photograph of Jane Birkin taken for the cover of her album Arabesque. This photograph is my copyright and no permission was given to use my image or to overwrite the image with the Cartier name and logo, in situation or on the internet.

5. At the exhibition the following day the gallery was virtually empty. No invitations for the exhibition had been sent by Cartier. There was no visible presence of the sponsor in any way. The MD told Jane Birkin at the rehearsals that he was unaware that the event was taking place. There has been no explanation or communication since these events, except through expensive litigation. A brief meeting four years ago with my agent and Cartier representatives at the Cartier Foundation in Paris, achieved nothing but for Cartier to concede they did not have the right to use the image.

Cartier continue to play David and Goliath. The legal fees mount at every hearing, but that is not a problem for them. I am putting this mail on the internet to demonstrate the injustices of taking a large corporate company to court.
 

Flickr.com article

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Cartier comes under fire from Jane Birkin and Gabrielle Crawford
According to the Daily Mail the famous jewellery brand will be taken to court in France after an ongoing four year legal battle.

Actress Jane Birkin and her best friend and photographer Gabrielle Crawford are accusing Cartier of exploiting their friendship and a breach in copyright.

Crawford alleges the jeweller approached the friends in 2007, offering to sponsor an exhibition of her photos in Japan. According to Crawford, Cartier were keen for Birkin to accompany the photographer on the trip, and later asked if the former pop star would sing at a charity event in Tokyo during her trip.

Although the charity event was a success, Crawford’s exhibition left her out of pocket, while Cartier used its name on one of her photographs to publicise their charity event without her permission.

‘They failed to publicise my exhibition and I realised they had only approached me to get Jane for this other shindig,’ Crawford told the Daily Mail.

‘They used me because of my closeness to Jane and I was naive enough not to realise. We were both livid and I am taking them to court in France where Jane lives.

'She is supporting my claim for breach of copyright.’ Although Cartier responded to press calls saying it did not wish to comment, according to the Daily Mail Arnaud Bamberger, the head of Cartier UK has invited Gabrielle to lunch.

‘Bit late for lunch now, I’m afraid,’ Crawford told press.

Photo of Jane Birkin by Gabrielle Crawford.
 

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The Times - London

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