Libération's Powerful Homage to Photography


A spread in the November 14 issue of LibérationA spread in the November 14 issue of Libération

To coincide with the opening of Paris Photo yesterday, the French newspaper Libération published a special issue without any photography at all, in order to emphasize the importance of photography and in support of photojournalists. Instead of photographs, the newspaper printed a series of empty frames where the photographs should be.

Here, in part, is Libération’s explanation, printed on its front page:

Libération vows an eternal gratitude to photography, whether produced by photojournalists, fashion photographers, portraitists, or conceptual artists. Our passion for photography has never been questioned – not because it's used to beautify, shock or illustrate, but because photography takes the pulse of our world. To choose Paris Photo's opening day to “install' these white images highlights our commitment to photography. It's not a wake, we're not burying the photographic art […] Instead we give photography the homage it deserves.”