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Histoires de France 1789 – 1989

A series of special events – plays, musicals, concerts, parades – were held throughout France in 1989 to commemorate the Bicentennial of the French Revolution.

This historically important photographic collection highlights great moments such as Philippe Petit’s epic tightrope walk from the Trocadéro to the Eiffel Tower or Jean-Paul Goude’s procession down the Champs Elysées, and, with some superb portraits and events reportage, takes us to the heart and soul of the people.

Printed in heliogravure. Published in 1990 and prefaced by Jack Lang.

Regards sur l’Afrique du Sud

Published in 1996, this selection from a series of photographic reportages marks South Africa’s transition to democracy.

De Mervelec’s compelling images are accompanied by poems by literary giant Mazisi Kunene. The book was presented to President Nelson Mandela by Mayor of Paris, Jean Tiberi, at the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, 1996.

The Jo’burgers

Having settled in Johannesburg, de Mervelec meets his fellow inhabitants in their every day lives and discovers fascinating characters in extraordinary situations.

A series of portraits which are touching and sometimes hilarious, revealing the incisive eye of a photographer born into the Cartier-Bresson “decisive moment” tradition. Published in 2001 and prefaced by Don Mattera.

Nude Landscape

Shot in his studio in Paris in the eighties, the nude studies in this edition reveal de Mervelec’s “quest for the perfection of form and composition”, to quote Véronique Schwab in the book’s introduction, where “the work may at first glance seem astonishingly academic: composition is rigorous and nothing is left to chance… bodies in motion, bodies at rest; the poses are all at once seldom natural…and yet devoid of all artifice; everything is studied yet nothing rings false”.

Interposed with stunning landscapes taken in Africa, Europe and the Indian Ocean islands, this work was published in 2003.

Looking at South Africa
1994 – 2004

Powerful images taken during the first ten years of democracy. With a preface by Edouard Maunick, this book documents important historic events (the euphoria surrounding the first democratic election campaigns, the investiture of President Mandela, the farewell to Walter Sisulu…), but also traditional festivals, local happenings, scenes from rural, city and small town life, and portraits of some of the country’s great artists, academics and politicians.

The South African Ballet Theatre

De Mervelec’s fascination for this company began on a winter’s day in 2004 in a soccer stadium in Mamelodi, where the SABT had staged Giselle. Over the years the company – which has to do all its own fundraising - has staged major productions, run its outreach programmes and made ballet accessible to a wide audience.

These brilliant visuals go mainly backstage, to rehearsals or to outreach events with the children. With a preface by SABT CEO Dirk Badenhorst, the book is a tribute to the boundless energy and dedication of the company directors, dancers and students.

Cul de Sac, my pilgrimage with Johnny Clegg

A striking photographic essay taken during the recording and filming of traditional Zulu songs, dances and stick-fighting in Johannesburg’s old Mai Mai Market, Berea and Hillbrow.

Focusing on Johnny, his fellow dancers and musicians as well as other facets of the city’s street culture and sacred religious rites.

Johannesburg Architecture and Heritage

A large format photographic book with over 150 images documenting de Mervelec’s vision of the cityscapes and inestimable architectural heritage of old Johannesburg. An intimist view where the silent façades stand as monuments to the work of those who built up – at an unprecedented pace – the most powerful economic hub on the African continent.