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 100 and 1,000 copies. Occasionally, Départ Pour L'Image also curates exhibitions.
Fairs: Polycopies Paris | Sprint Milano | Fiebre Madrid | PhMuseum Bologna | Rolling Paper Le Bal | Temple Arles Books | Cosmos Arles Books | SiFest Savignano | The Art Chapter Milano | RUSH Marseille | MIA | Fotografia Europea Reggio Emilia | Zines @eglise Palermo | Chromie Paris
Firenze: Gucci Garden
Paris (FR): Le Bal - La Cométe - Yvon Lambert - MEP - La Nouvelle Chambre Claire - Artazart
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
USA: Photo-Eye Bookstore
JAPAN: Reminders Photography Stronghold
Exhibitions: Arles Prix du Livre 2019