Histoire de France

Histoire de France

by Ralph Gibson
     
 

L'Histoire de France. Photographs by Ralph Gibson; Preface by Marguerite Duras; Afterword by Annie CohenSolal. Here is the first color monograph by one of America's most important photographers. 100 fourcolor photographs, 10 1/2 X 14, 122 pages. Hardcover. .

Mr. Gibson celebrates France in a highly elliptical and intimate manner. His pictures of the velvet or

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L'Histoire de France. Photographs by Ralph Gibson; Preface by Marguerite Duras; Afterword by Annie CohenSolal. Here is the first color monograph by one of America's most important photographers. 100 fourcolor photographs, 10 1/2 X 14, 122 pages. Hardcover. .

Mr. Gibson celebrates France in a highly elliptical and intimate manner. His pictures of the velvet or muslin folds of curtains, of the curvaceous lines of brass door handles and wroughtiron works, as well as his portraits of womentheir bodies framed by the cut of a garment or the tension of a belt, their faces peaceful or meditativeall bespeak a sensuality shared by the American photographer and his adopted country. Alternately lush and restrained, cryptic and obvious, this seductive collection of photographs tells the story of how France mesmerized Ralph Gibson.

Christine Schwartz, The New York Times Book Review

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
Contemporary American photographer Gibson is best known for his black-and-white photographs taken in series. In this, his 15th monograph and first in color, each image takes on meaning in the context of the others. Gibson sees fragments--of a wall, a grave, a stairwell, a figure, a fish, a wine bottle. This is not monumental France but rather ``the real'' France, as Marguerite Duras claims in the introduction--``the Parisian pavement, the nakedness of the earth between the rows of vines; what is never expressed except, rarely, in poetry.'' In her brief afterword, Annie Cohen-Solal calls Gibson's ``history'' ``a France that has been purified, without paraphrase, without chatter, still and serene . . . the starched toque of a great chef, a yellow line next to a gutter, the curve of a bistro table: Gibson delivers us its essence.'' Gibson's France is colorful, provocative, and above all unique. Recommended.-- Ann Copeland, Champaign, Ill.
Booknews
Known primarily for his reductivist b&w photography, Gibson brings many of the same qualities--irony, innuendo, mystery, imagination--to his first book in color. One hundred riveting images that capture the unfamiliar in the familiar of architectural details, graceful figures, and still lifes reveal Gibson's take on the cultural traditions, people, and ambience of France. 103/4x141/4". Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780893814717
Publisher:
Aperture Foundation
Publication date:
05/28/1991
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
10.86(w) x 14.40(h) x 0.72(d)

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