Number Thirteen, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, 2020 - Book Launch & Talk: Marc Vallée in Conversation with Paul Mason.



Graffiti writer, London, 2019.

“In Number Thirteen, however, Vallée takes a looser, more autobiographical tone, as the process through which these polemics come together becomes the object of documentation. In this sense, we are left wondering  how the photographic subject, in pursuit of what they desire, already possesses some quality that is desired by the photographer. As the streets of London, Paris and Berlin unfold within each other, we are left with the distilled essence of the collaboration process; layers of personal and collective history made manifest in marks on a page.”  (From the text accompanying Number Thirteen by Alexander Clay.)

Marc Vallée will be joined in conversation with writer and broadcaster Paul Mason to launch  Number Thirteen at The Photographers’ Gallery on Thursday 19 March 2020. The talk will explore Marc’s practice, desire and the neoliberal city. 

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Paul Mason is an award-winning writer, broadcaster, and film-maker. Previously economics editor of Channel 4 News and BBC Newsnight, his books include Clear Bright Future, PostCapitalism, Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: the New Global Revolutions; Live Working Die Fighting; and Rare Earth: A Novel.

Alexander Clay is motivated by a lifelong curiosity toward the ways in which authority is enacted upon, between and within humans. In 2015, he graduated in Law at Birkbeck College, University of London, with a focus on the role of economic forces in the emerging social and legal entity we call ‘the neoliberal city‘. Detecting a gap in his analysis, Alexander decided to undertake a Masters in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, concentrating his efforts on understanding the place of psychoanalysis in critical social theory. Alexander completed his MA in 2019.


French photographer BadYear85, Berlin, 2019.


Alex, Paris, 2019.


German photographer Thomas Von Wittich, Paris, 2019.


Graffiti truck, Paris, 2019.


Alex, Paris, 2019.




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