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Short-listed for the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation Photobook Award 2017. 

Signed copies available on request. 

– Suzanne Gloria Lyall, missing since March 2 1998 in Albany (NY), at the age of 19 –

Out of the Blue is a conceptual work with a tragic underlying narrative — the disappearance of the teenager. The project tends to question our relationship towards absence and loss and the need of physicality in the process of acceptance and closure. The book combines materials from different sources, such as family archives, reproductions of police and psychic files as well as photographs by Virginie Rebetez. This two year project is also a reflection on the medium of photography. The status of each image is constantly shifting, offering new meaning and context to this open case.

Delphine Bedel, the editor and publisher, and Virginie Rebetez worked together 6 months on this publication, with great attention details and to the narrative structure of the book. The roles of images and their haptic qualities keep shifting, family archives and memories becomes first police evidence and later tactile objets for the mediums and the artist, a fragmented representation of reality,  a transformation process that Delphine calls 'the haptic image'.

Virginie Rebetez is a photographer based in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2014, she was selected by Le Canton de Vaud to spend 6 months in New York as an artist in residence, where she realised ‘Out of the blue’. The project was selected for the Swiss Design Awards in 2016 and shown during Art Basel. She has received numerous awards including the Prix Leica during the 29th International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères (F) and the prestigious grant from La Fondation Leenaards, in 2014. Her work is part of museum and private collections internationally.

Published by Meta/Books, Amsterdam, 2016

ISBN 9789082118223

Editor: Delphine Bedel 

Graphic Design: Chi-long Trieu / Image processing: Aurélien Garzarolli

Texts: Frédérique Destribats, Elisa Rusca & Simon Karlstetter

Hardcover, 21x28 cm, 144p. Booklet, 16x28 cm, 28p, Inserted posters, 41x53 cm

Printing: Offset

Print run: 700

With the support of: Pro Helvetia, Etat de Vaud, City of Lausanne and Kickstarter bakers

Nomination Best Photobooks of 2016 by Remi Coindet, YumI Goto, Colin Pantall, Stefano Stoll

Livres de photographie 2016: Une selection by Rémi Coignet, 22.12.2016

The Best Books of 2016, by Colin Pantall, 11.12.2016'

Best Photobook 2016' by Yumi Goto, on Photobookstore, 12.12.2016

Press Reviews

Christer Ek ,’Out of the Blue by Virginie Rebetez, The Proof by Absence’, in Who Needs Another Photo Blog, Dec. 11, 2016

Colin Pantall, ’75 Psychics and they're all Wrong!’ Colin Pantall's blog, Nov 25,2016

Olga Yatskevich, ‘Virginie Rebetez. Out of the Blue’ in Collectors Daily, Nov. 2016

Q&A with Greg Hobson, ‘Virginie Rebetez. Out of the Blue’ in 1000Words Mag, Oct. 2016

Interview by Nassim Daghighian, in Photo Theoria, Oct. 2016

Maddie Crum, ‘The Unsolved Mystery Of A Missing Girl, Told In Touching Photos’ in The US Huffington Post, July 5, 2016

Interview by Elixabeth Sulis Gear, in Feature Shoot, Aug. 2, 2016

Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret ‘Out of the Blue’ in Le Litteraire, March 25, 2015

Museum Collections

Brooklyn Museum Library, New York (US), Metropolitan Museum Library, New York (US), Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Musée de la Photographie, Chalon / Saône (FR), Swiss National Library, Bern (CH), Fotoshiftung, Winterthur (CH), Foam Museum Library, Amsterdam (NL), Royal Library, Den Haag (NL)