City Gorged With Dreams: Surrealism and Documentary Photography in Interwar Paris

City Gorged With Dreams: Surrealism and Documentary Photography in Interwar Paris

by Ian Walker

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City Gorged With Dreams: Surrealism and Documentary Photography in Interwar Paris by Ian Walker

This book offers the first detailed analysis of how the Surrealists utilized the tactics of documentary and how Surrealist ideas in turn influenced the development of documentary photography. The last two decades have seen the re-emergence of Surrealist photography, but with an emphasis on work made in the studio or the darkroom. This, however, is a study of what Louis Aragon called 'surrealist realism': the exploration of a real-life surreality encountered on the streets of the city. This book throws new light on Surrealism, emphasizing its connections with the everyday life of the city.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719062155
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 10/04/2002
Series: The Critical Image Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Ian Walker is Subject Leader in Photography at University of Wales College, Newport.

Table of Contents

List of figuresvi
Acknowledgmentsx
Introduction1
1Between index and construct8
2Surrealism on the street30
3Nadja: a 'voluntary banality'?48
4La Revolution surrealiste and the urban spectacle68
5A Surrealist Atget88
6Terrain vague114
7Brassai: Paris night and day144
8Henri Cartier-Bresson: Images a la sauvette168
9Phantom Africa: a Surrealist ethnography?188
Select bibliography206
Index218

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