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Melchior Tersen - Voyage Voyage


424 pages
Photograph(s) by Melchior Tersen
22 x 17 cm
Language: English, French
Publisher: Topsafe
First edition of 1000 copies

Voyage Voyage forms an essential portrait of travel and commerce in the height of consumerism.

By the 1970s mass tourism was accessible for hundreds of thousands of people and with it came the promotional T-shirt – a perfect souvenir for an era of mass globetrotting.

The book collects Parisian photographer Melchior Tersen’s treasure trove of tourist T-shirts. The sheer volume of Tersen’s miscellany, formed as it is by various types of souvenir shirt may reflect Tersen’s obsession with mass consumerism but also, more importantly, gives us an insight into the artist’s psyche; he writes that sleeping in a tourist T-shirt allows him to dream.