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Paris (Taschen 25th Anniversary Edition) [Hardcover]

Andreas Krase , Hans-Christian Adam , Eugene Atget
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15 Aug 2008 Taschen 25th Anniversary Edition
Eugene Atget roamed the streets with his bulky large format camera, systematically cataloguing turn-of-the-century Old Paris down to the very smallest details. His skilled, wonderfully atmospheric photos of Paris' parks, buildings, streets, store windows, prostitutes, workers, and even door handles are a joy to behold.

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  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Atget Eugene edition (15 Aug 2008)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 3836504715
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836504713
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 24.8 x 31 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"All I can say: get collecting. These books are an incredible value." - Image, London, on the photography book series"

About the Author

Hans Christian Adam studied psychology, art history and communication studies in Gottingen and Vienna. As a specialist in historical pictorial material, he has published numerous articles and books, including titles on travel and war photography. He is the author of TASCHEN's Edward Sheriff Curtis: The North American Indian, Karl Blossfeldt, Eugene Atget: Paris and Berlin. Andreas Krase (born 1958) lives in Berlin and Dresden, where he is curator of the Hermann Krone Collection at the University of Technology. He has published numerous articles and catalogues on photo-related topics.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and fantastic value 8 July 2009
I have to confess I hadn't heard of Atget until the BBC4 documentary series on photography a year or so ago but these photos are wonderful. The series on street pedlars taken around the turn of the last century are a fascinating bit of social history but my favourites are the architectural photos of stairwells, doorways, and alleyways. Some of them are extremely beautiful. As with many art books from European publishers the text seems a bit overblown to me - it might be that something has been lost in translation - but the reason for buying this book is the pictures, and like most books I've brought from Taschen the printing of these is exceptional. Allowing for the fact that the originals are over 100 years old and not in pristine condition the reproduction is first rate. At this price there is no reason to think twice - a beautiful book that provides a glimpse of Paris as it was around 1900.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Value 15 Sep 2009
I cannot believe just how good this book is for the price I paid. The images are big and on quality paper, the text, although in three languages, is descriptive. But its the photographs that speak volumes with Atget, just buy this book, and loose yourself in the images.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well bound, and good introduction to Atget 10 Jan 2012
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While I have always enjoyed street photography, it was only recently that I was exposed to some of Eugene Atget's work.
Between the years 1897 and 1927, Atget documented a city where fast moving changes were happening. He not only documented the progress in technology with his photographs of vehicles, but also the flesh of the city where buildings were being demolished or redeveloped. This type of photography, or typology, was seemingly ignored until the famous surrealist artist Man Ray started to buy Atget's work, sparking an interest amongst the avant garde in Paris. It was Atget's ability to capture everyday objects in detail and ou t of context that really inspired surrealist artists.

The publishers have chosen to lay out Atget's work within certain themes. These include photographs of traders and inhabitants of shanty towns to the parks and castles surrounding Paris at the turn of the 20th century.

Each section has it's photographs arranged differently with varying sizes of photographs on each page. Whilst some of the photographs are fairly small, the reproduction of each photograph is excellent with lots of detail.

There is also an excellent introduction to Eugene Atget, a brief look at his life and works, in three languages, French German and English.

This book is part of a series of publications to celebrate the 25th anniversary of it's publisher Taschen.
The book is a good size measuring 29.8 x 24.7 cm and is well bound. It looks even better without the dust jacket too.

However, while the photographs are well reproduced in this book, showing good detail and contrast, the paper these are printed on are flimsy and lightweight. Given the relatively cheap price of this book, I feel that this can be overlooked.

This is a well made book, and despite the cheap paper, is well printed and bound. If you are interested in Atget's work then this is an excellent introduction to his more famous photographs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely! 11 Mar 2010
By Greenie
I have to admit to having a bit of a love affair with Paris, so wasn`t really expecting to be disappointed with this book. And I wasn`t! The pictures are atmospheric and evocative, covering the period from the 1890`s to the 1920`s, and every subject from architecture to street vendors (and walkers) to puppet shows. A beautiful book, one to browse with a coffee and croissant!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating book and with an excellent price 7 July 2012
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This is one of two books that examine Atget's Paris. Both are published by Taschen and share a common editor. However they are not identical and this (from the Icons series) is by far the smaller of the two and with the least pages. The other, simply entitled 'Paris' from their 25th Anniversary series, is more than twice the page size and has about 20% more pages.

Atget's Paris was largely that of the Victorian city of the 'Belle Epoque' of the late 1800's much enjoyed by the likes of Degas, Cezanne, Toulouse-Lautrec and which was familiar to Van Gogh amongst others. It was the gay city before the motor vehicle, electric street lighting and the telephone. He continued working within the city until his death in 1927. It is not apparent whether Atget ever participated in the 'gayer' side of Paris life and he apparently did not photograph it. He did however, at different stages of his life, concentrate on its architecture and statuary, its shops and interiors and its street life. When motor racing and aviation later became realities, he photographed those too with the same sense of curiosity and it is from amongst those images that his most iconic derived.

Following the building of the Metro and of sewers in some parts of the city (some did not have them for years after his death in the 20's), many of the streets and buildings he knew would have been destroyed and replaced. In his final years, the city would have been a very different one than that he knew best. Atget was largely unknown to the public until his archive was discovered decades after his death and shortly afterwards numbers of his images were exhibited. Interest in his work grew, thus this small flurry of books and there are many more from other publishers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gay Paris
Well I would have probably given this 5 stars if it weren't for the fact it was a present and came nice cellophane wrapped so I didn't open it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Wusche
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and solid and very coffee table friendly
Whether you are already in love with Paris or would like to be, or simply want a beautiful, solid book for your coffee table that friends and visitors can enjoy and browse and talk... Read more
Published 3 months ago by H5050
5.0 out of 5 stars Super reproductions and informative.
This book was fantastic value and quite large with very good quality reproductions. Atget is perhaps lesser known than some of the later photographers in Paris and it is clear that... Read more
Published 3 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value
Well published, pretty good quality printing, hard bound and ... cheap. Great photographer, great images, hard to argue with its significant value.
Published 3 months ago by reviews again
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book.
This is a great book! The pictures are fantastic and the history of Eugene Atget is enjoyable. I can recommend this book very much!
Published 4 months ago by Ruben Ekelund
5.0 out of 5 stars A quality book
This is a quality book at a bargain price. Grab it now!
I have booked a holiday to Paris to visit some of the scenes in this book.
Published 6 months ago by Angela Rendell
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb collection
What a wonderful collection of Atget's work. Its a true pleasure flicking through the pages. As others have said, the paper is a touch thin and if the book had cost £15 or more I... Read more
Published 10 months ago by P. Giverin
4.0 out of 5 stars Do you agree with Berenice?
Berenice Abbott famously collected and at every opportunity promoted Atget. I am still on the fence but must confess that this book is a strong advocate and many images are really... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. Gareth Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It!
I was impressed by the high quality of this book and its sheer size, especially considering the price - a bargain!
Published 16 months ago by Mr N Shillingford
5.0 out of 5 stars What a gorgeous dip into history
I absolutely love this book!, its a nostalgic delve into a part of history
we shall never see again, but gorgeous and evocative. Read more
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