Father Cocagnac: the psychedelic publisher priest

By Cécile Boulaire

“Certain illustrators have a spontaneity, a freshness and a freedom of invention that go hand in hand with a total mastery of their craft. These are the artists we should turn to when we seek to enlighten children’s minds through images.”

Cocagnac A.-M. « L’esprit d’enfance ». In: Enfance, tome 21, n°5, 1968. pp. 409-414.

Even before the events of 1968, a handful of publishers in France were committed to reinvigorating picture books produced for children. Some were art publishers, often in the avant-garde, such as the photography publisher Delpire. Occasionally, other innovators were to be found in more unusual places.

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