Publisher Note

Les Particules, a human tale of dying water, a poetic and photographic manifesto for ocean preservation.
Through a poetic and artistic approach, this book invites deep reflection on ocean pollution. Each image, through its plastic beauty, invites contemplation, but also, through its visual force, action. A book that testifies to the power of artistic creation to transform society.

With Les Particules, conte humain d’une eau qui meurt (the Human Tale of Dying Water), artist Manon Lanjouère tackles the subject of plastic water pollution and its dramatic consequences for the planet, health and the lives of all living beings.
Through never-before-seen photographs and personal accounts, Manon Lanjouère highlights the omnipresence of invisible plastic particles in our bodies and our environment, underlining the need to react quickly and take concrete measures to combat this pollution
Inspired by Anna Atkins’ British Algae herbarium, or Ernst Haeckel’s sublime plates on Nature’s Artistic Forms, Manon Lanjouère uses various photographic processes such as cyanotype to represent this underwater world. She uses the waste products themselves – cotton buds, ballpoint pens, hairbrushes… and other plastic objects found on beaches – to reproduce the shapes of endangered species. Ballpoint pens become thalassionema nitzschiode and a simple hair elastic, guinardia striata.


Les particules

— Le conte humain d’une eau qui meurt

by Manon Lanjouère

Release Place Paris, France
Edition 1st edition
Release Date 2023
Writer: Michel Poivert
ISBN-13: 979-10-92727-58-6
Topics Cyanotype, Ocean, Plastic, Pollution
Language French, English
Format Softcover
Dimensions 20.0 × 28.0 cm
Pages 56