Co-edited by the Musée national de l'histoire de l'immigration (French National Museum of Immigration History) and the Editions Actes Sud, under the direction of Ilsen About, Mathieu Pernot and Adelle Sutre.
This book questions the junction between photography and the Gypsy worlds. The making of stereotypes and of an iconic subject shows the central role of the medium in constructing an identity presented as different and foreign. Behind the visual account of this dreamt singularity and the glare of the clichés, other stories appear.
Guided by the archives and the discovery of hitherto unseen collections, the thread of images makes up tales in the singular. Beyond namings, from Bohemians to Roms and Gitanos, the families go through the frame of the images that have always emprisonned them within supposed truths.
Exploring the images and the story of the photographers and photographees reveal another truth: the one of collective experiences and life stories that display the unknown diversity of the Gypsy worlds.