21 April, 2009

Gustave Roud


Gustave Roud is a poet and a photographer romand Swiss born on 20 April 1897 at St. Légier in canton Vaud and died on 10 November 1976 at the hospital in Moudon.

He studied classics and obtained a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Lausanne and published his first poems in the book Waldenses (1915)

After an unfortunate attempt, he gives to education and settled permanently in Carrouge, and is dedicated to its activities: writing poetry, translation, art critic, and also photography.

His first book, Goodbye, seems at the Editions of Aquarius in Lausanne in 1927. It coordinates with Ramuz, from 1930 to 1932, the weekly magazine today where he became the secretary of the drafting. From 1936 to 1966 he worked in the reading panel editions of the Book Guild.

In the 1940s, he published his translations (Hölderlin, Novalis, Rilke and Trakl)
Gustave Roud was a talented and passionate photographer, who has made a real work, but remained little known in this field, having been removed from distribution. Cultural recognition and social, in fact, been limited to his poetry by a local environment which has not always appealed to the quality of his work considered as a secondary passion. It is one of the few creators binder so intimate writing and photography, for example in different registers, Lewis Carroll and Denis Roche.

In his search inside the landscapes that surround it and the beings that inhabit them, are a matter of questioning, their faces and their bodies in everyday life of days become the support of his intelligence, his sensitivity, its fragility, of his desire. This expression is the manifestation of the subtle relationship between one be torn and his surroundings.

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