Director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie
selects 'Mayflies' as one of the
BEST PHOTOBOOKS of 2019!
BEST PHOTOBOOKS OF 2020
Blake Andrews - Photobookstore Magazine
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"For me 'Mayflies' stands out
both because it is by an artist with whom I was not previously familiar,
and because it is so complete and coherent.
It is, like the best photobooks, a real immersion in the world of the artist.
Being Void, appropriately, it is a dark world, but a rich and beautiful one."
"Here is one of the most beautiful books in the world,
a free-dive in a woman's womb, an impressively sensitive and archeopoetic traversal
of the Kingdom of Shadows."
“Giving life to a “black diary”, Dimitra Dede denudes herself, accompanying us with generosity and courage in the complex emotional unconscious of a passing moment. A journey that image after image, black page after black page, becomes capable of making dense and true not so much the world as apparent as the way, as sometimes, it feels.
"Dans ses clichés, aucun symbole, mais plutôt un désir de mettre en scène son intuition.
Nature et corps fusionnent, habitant un univers sombre et douloureux.
Les négatifs reflètent cette violence, et se transforment sous les « coups » de la photographe."
Fisheye mag - L.Tsatsas
"An archetypal matriarch, the one that is universal and woman, flawed and yet powerful,
melded with the recollections of my own mother. Dimitra Dede’s words transpired grievance...
Her text is a moment in time, a lapse from the first word to the last,
but more importantly from the history collected into the book’s core,
to the final chapter of silent, pallid, gray grief."
"In this respect, it is luck when you come across a work whose nature recalls special moments when
you first saw Sally Mann's large formats or Louise Bourgeois' sculptures in a museum.
One of the rare works of this kind is Dimitra Dede's photo book 'Mayflies'."
Perlentacher - Fotolot magazine
"Dede started piecing together a visual Representation of her dark cosmos, and after years of using photographic materials to work through existential grief, she published Mayflies, a solemn and excruciatingly honest object about the complexity of loss."