Départ Pour l'Image is an independent publishing house and art book design studio based in Milan, founded in 2018 by photographer Francesca Todde and artist Luca Reffo.

Its name comes from the inscription stamped on the film of some French films useful to indicate their verso for reel-to-reel assembly and cinema projection.

The editorial line focuses on the possibilities of seeing by means of the image, on the border between photography and contemporary art. The publications, produced in close collaboration with the artists, arise from ongoing projects and are in editions of between 50 and 1,000 copies. Occasionally, Départ Pour L'Image also curates exhibitions.

Polycopies Paris | Sprint Milano | Fiebre Madrid | Arles Photobooks | Rolling Paper Le Bal | PhMuseum Bologna | Temple Arles Books | Cosmos Arles Books | SiFest Savignano | The Art Chapter Milano | RUSH Marseille | MIA | Fotografia Europea Reggio Emilia | Zines @eglise Palermo | Chromie Paris

Roma: Leporello
Milano: MiCamera
Firenze: Gucci Garden
Venezia: Bruno
Paris (FR): Le Bal - Yvon Lambert - MEP - Delpire & co - La Cométe Picto - La Nouvelle Chambre Claire - Artazart - Librairie Sans Titre - Le Mont-en-l’air
Arles (FR): Librairie du Palais - Actes Sud
Bordeaux (FR): L’Ascenseur Végétal
Marseille (FR): Histoire de l'Oeil - Zoéme - Maupetit Actes Sud - La Salle des Machines
Helsinki (FI): Hippolyte
Vigo (ES): Lasal Books
Lisbon (PT): Photobook Corner
Berlin (DE): Kominek Bookshop
Antwerpen (BE): Boekhandel & Antiquariaat de Slegte

UK: Setanta Books
USA: Photo-Eye Bookstore, Printed Matter, Dashwood Books
JAPAN: Reminders Photography Stronghold, Flotsam Books
AUSTRALIA: Metropolis Bookshop Melbourne

Public libraries:
The Museum of Modern Art Library, New York, NY
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Watson Library, New York, NY
Syracuse University Libraries, Syracuse, NY
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Stanford University, Green Library, Stanford, CA
Tisch Library, Medford, MA 
Photo Elysée Library, Lausanne, CH
ECAL Library, Renens, CH

Book exhibitions:
Arles Prix du Livre 2019, Paris Photo / Aperture Photobook Awards 2022, PhotoEspana 2023

Départ Pour l’Image
Corso San Gottardo 37
20136 Milano


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