Piercing Time: Paris after Marville and Atget 1865-2012

By: Sramek, Peter

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"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 book also includes contemporary interviews with local Parisians, extracts from Haussmann's own writing, and historical maps that allow for an intriguing look at the shifting city plan.Sure to be of interest to lovers of the city, be they Parisians or visitors, "Piercing Time "provides a unique snapshot of historical changes of the past 150 years. But it will also be of enduring value to scholars. 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.

Title: Piercing Time: Paris after Marville and Atget 1865-2012

Author Name: Sramek, Peter

Categories: Other,

Publisher: Intellect Ltd:

ISBN Number: 1783200332

ISBN Number 13: 9781783200337

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: Z1783200332Z2

Description: 1783200332 Crisp, clean, unread book with some shelfwear and a remainder mark to one edge - NICE