Paris Park Photographs

Michael Kolster

Michael Kolster renders Paris's parks like no one since photographer Eugène Atget a century ago.
Publication date:
November 2021
Publisher :
George F. Thompson
Contributor(s) :
Michelle Kuo
Illustration :
52 tritones by the author
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ISBN : 9781938086885

Dimensions : 229 X 203 mm
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• Mike Kolster has established himself as one of the great talents in photography, and this is his third book
• Paris in general and its parks in particular will attract a wide audience, including tourists and residents (who will appreciate the subject and the bilingual edition)
• The photographs are inspired by the world-famous French photographer Eugène Atget and the book is modeled after Walker Evans's famous book, American Photographs, published in 1938 by MOMA and considered one of the most important photo books published during the last century
• Michelle Kuo, who wrote the afterword, has a widespread reputation and following that will help draw more widespread literary attention to the book

Paris Park Photographs features spectacular images from a dozen public parks and gardens in and near France's capital city. Exploring many of the same places that photographer Eugène Atget (1857-1927) made famous a century ago, Michael Kolster references the pleasures and pitfalls of wandering alone amongst trees and plants and sculpture, unkempt and formally designed places, tempered by the knowledge that the modern world with all its congestion is only a few short steps away. These intimate yet inherently expansive views of Paris's parks invite closer scrutiny of the encounters awaiting us at the edges of the well-worn paths defining our daily lives.

Few people venture into the frame of Kolster's photographs, but the promise of a renewed sense of hope and community resides in the details of his visual encounters and the moments of his heightened attention. Each picture speaks to us as a moment in time, even as the sequence suggests a choreography of place, one that can vary daily along with the changing moods and light of each park. Paris Park Photographs is presented in a bilingual English/French edition and concludes with an afterword by Michelle Kuo. Of note is how the book's design is inspired by Walker Evans's 1938 classic work, American Photographs, making Kolster's book of immediate interest to photo and book collectors.