Saturday, July 21, 2007

Atget Paris. New Edition.

Atget Paris. New Edition. Photographs by Eugene Atget. Text by Laure Beaumont-Maillet. Gingko Press, Corte Madera, 2006. 788 pp., 840 b&w illustrations, 5¾x7¾".

As I've written a few times before I love architecture and the subjective shapes, shadows and light you can find in looking at its' structure from different angles, in different contexts and conditions.

This book reminds me very much of my and my camera's walks around London over 8 years or so examining and constantly re-discovering the architecture of our familiar routes and every time finding new shapes, light, beauty and different point of views.

"To turn the pages is to take an unforgettable stroll through the eerie, empty streets of Paris 70 years ago. It is a strange, largely unpeopled world where objects project an uncanny density: shoes dangling in a shop window, or the milk cart laden with cans and equipped with whip and reins but no driver."

I also love the thought-process that's gone into the making of the book as an object:

"The shape of this book, which is that of a Parisian cobblestone, is in itself a tribute to Atget the legendary walker, and in its new edition this 'pave' now comes wrapped in a robust cardstock dustjacket."

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