Autophotobiographie by Chris Davies
Size: 6,7 x 9,44 inch. 564 pages and over 400 photos. Paper 170gr
Text, photos and layout : Chris Davies
If life can sometimes appear to be like a novel, this book could be called a « photo-novel » but, unlike usual « photo-novels », the scenario here hasn’t been writen in advance. In this « auto-photo-biography », the author excavates, like an archeologist, a past revealed by his own photos and delivers a fascinating odyssey, visual and poetic. From a tennis familly (his parents, both champions, met at Wimbledon), the British author born in 1964 was raised on the French Riviera, in German, with a racket in hand. At the same time he will also very early grab, with the other hand, a camera that will become, for years and around the world, his faithfull companion. Of his Homéric quest, he shares here some of the decisive moments : birth of professional tennis (his father being one of the main actors of this revolution), the rise and fall of the most famous german tennis familly (with whom he grew up), his dissolute childhood and his encounter with photography on a path of awakening put to the test by fighting to survive his childhood dreams, become champion, to find his roots and be a good father. Shamelessly and without detours, it is a photographic and spiritual journey of more than fifty years in which the author invites us. Beautiful, inspiring and moving, he manages in sixty minutes to shake the intimate in each one of us while succeeding the delicate marriage between writing and photography.