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PIERCING TIME: PARIS AFTER MARVILLE AND ATGET, 1865-2012. Peter Sramek. Intellect Books, Bristol, 2013. Published in the U.S.A. by Intellect Books, University of Chicago Press. 454 pp. with 513 ills. (266 col.). 22 x 22 cm. ISBN 9781783200337 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 155283. Publisher's description: Piercing Time examines the role of photography in documenting urban change by juxtaposing contemporary "rephotographs" taken by the author with images of nineteenth century Paris taken by Charles Marville, who worked under Georges Haussmann, and corresponding photographs by Eugene Atget taken in the early twentieth century. Revisiting the sites of Marville's photographs with a black cloth, tripod, and view camera, Peter Sramek creates here a visually stunning book that investigates how urban development, the use of photography as a documentary medium, and the representation of urban space reflect attitudes towards the city. The essays that run alongside these fascinating images discuss subjects such as the aesthetics of ruins and the documentation of the demolitions that preceded Haussmannization, as well as the different approaches taken by Marville and Atget to their work... The accurate cataloguing and high quality reproductions of the images make it a resource for a significant portion of the Marville collection in the Musee Carnavalet, and it will aid further research in urban history and change in Paris over the past century and a half. Photographers will also be drawn to the book for its new thinking in relation to documentary methodologies.
Artist(s):Sramek, Peter; Marville, Charles
Indexing: Western, Europe — Canada, France — 1800-1900, Post-2000 — Photography
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 155282
Hardcover $178.50    

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