With or without legends, these images of stellar fields torn from their context of production and use resemble as much a photogram of dust clusters as a magnification of the photolytic structure of the silver grains constituting the image. Stars or grains of silver? Sky or picture? The fascinating beauty of these photographs oscillates in vertigo between the immensely large and the immensely small, between the star and the task, between the dust and the star. And the boundaries are porous between a scientific image and an abstract image offered to aesthetic delight.
The intention is different, but the fact remains that an isolated and decontextualized image loses its scientific character. These osmosis between scientific and artistic images recall the malleability of photographs. And this malleability is one of the specificities of the photographs.
They have this immense facility to one day be in the field of science, another in the field of archive and then art to be considered again as documents and finally all at once. Luce Lebart
An end index helps us to trace this archive thanks to the invaluable help of the LAM astrophysicists who were able to recontextualize these images.