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Photo Trouvee [Hardcover]

Michel Frizot , Cedric de Veigy
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1 Jan 2006
Photo Trouvee is a unique collection of 285 amateur photographs found, collected and edited by the eminent French photohistorian Michel Frizot and the photographic researcher Cedric de Veigy. Defined by the authors as 'an anthropology of the ordinary', the 'found photographs' of Photo Trouvee - intensely personal records of family reunions, images of childhood, holidays and so forth - mirror universal emotions and attitudes.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd; Bilingual edition (1 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714845795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714845791
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 17.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'images chosen for their atmosphere and sense of humanity as well as for their quality as pictures.' Sunday Herald 'Reading this book is like walking past houses at night time and watching through the brightly lit windows of other people's homes ... It is like a small anthropology of the 'ordinary' ... The beauty of this publication is the fact that each picture has its own history, and stands almost as a chapter in itself. The proverbial one thousand words, perhaps.' 8 Ei8ht Photojournalism 'This book is a treasure trove that includes 285 pictures.' Ready Made 'A unique collection.' Photo District News 'The unatributed Cartier-Bresson-like amateur snapshots in Photo Trouvee (Phaidon), edited by Michael Frizot and Cedric de Veigy, are all the more inspiring to seasonal shutterbugs for their anonymous immediacy.' Vogue Magazine

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Michel Frizot is one of the most important photographic historians working today. Research Director at CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Paris) and at EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris), he currently teaches courses in the History of Photography at L'Ecole du Louvre. He is the author of numerous books on photography and the history of photography, including J.H. Lartigue, le passe compose (CNP, 1984); Histoire de Voir (Photo Poche, 1989); and the reknown Nouvelle Histoire de la Photographie (Bordas, 1994, new ed. Larousse, 1998), which has been translated into English and German, The New History of Photography, and Neue Geschichte der Photographie (Konemann, 1998). Cedric de Veigy is a colleague of Michel Frizot at L'Ecole du Louvree. He is a photographic researcher and a film teacher. He is also the co-author of Documentation photographique, La Documentation francaise, June 2001. Author's residence Michel Frizot: Paris Cedric de Veigy: Issarles (South of France)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Bad layout. 4 April 2013
By Tomo
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Was not worth keeping, Photographs far too small for the pages, much to much border and some photographs needed a magnifier to view them, this was impeded by the reproduction dot size.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A book of little photographs 6 May 2007
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This book is an interesting and absorbing collection of photographs covering a wide variety of scenes. Why the publishers thought that printing the shots with such a wide blank margin around them would add to the viewers enjoyment is a mystery. It merely reduces the size of the photograph unnessarily. One or two shots struggle to make 3x3cm! Then there are the five or so blank pages! What is that about? Overall though the book is a fascinating one and the majority of the content is excellent.
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3.0 out of 5 stars its ok 22 April 2011
By R. Stander - Published on Amazon.com
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while working on my mfa, i grew very interested in vernacular photography. while this volume has a few outstanding vernacular photos, i feel i have collected a better collection myself than most of what was presented here. I was similarly disappointed with the lack of text from the authors. i would look first to The Art of the American Snapshot 1888-1978. It is a far superior text, with essays about the collection and a more interesting lot of photos.
2.0 out of 5 stars so-so 7 April 2013
By flashman - Published on Amazon.com
I agree with the first reviewer. The collection is too loose, with too many innocuous and unnecessary images. A better book all round is "Talking Pictures" by Ransom Riggs, and yes, many collectors would probably agree they have more interesting photos in their own collections.
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