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Hans Eijkelboom: Paris-New York-Shanghai Hardcover – November 1, 2007

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture; Box edition (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597110442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597110440
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 10.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,207,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The sequencing is such that if you turn to the same page number in each city, you'll find comparable situations, with some witty and fascinating variation." --Photo District News

"It's fascinating to see how different men dress in similar camouflage-print clothes in New York or in Shanghai, and how identical girls wearing T-shirts look in Paris or New York." --Foam: International Photography Magazine

"The natural urge to contrast and compare quickly reveals cultural, sociological and anthropological prejudices in the reader and the inevitable conclusion that we are a very small planet dominated by a pretty uniform race of humanoid creatures." --Photoicon

"The large-format cityscapes with the identifying quirks of each city and the snapshot-style grids of their inhabitants soon reveal how simliar one city is to another today." -- Lindsay E. Dygert --Focus Magazine

"Art photographer Hans Eijkelboom's obsessive catalogue of hundreds of people on city streets--in Paris, New York, Shanghai is subtle and revealing." -- Stirling Kelso --Travel + Leisure

About the Author

Martin Parr is a key figure in the world of photography, widely recognized as a brilliant satirist of contemporary life. He is the author of over 30 photography books, including Common Sense, Our True Intent Is All for Your Delight and Boring Postcards, and his photographs have been collected by museums worldwide, including the Getty, The Museum of Modern Art and the Tate Modern. Parr was featured in Cruel and Tender, the Tate Modern's major survey of photography in 2003, and a retrospective of his work that opened at the Barbican Art Gallery in London in 2002 continues to tour major museums around the world.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Rockwell on November 16, 2007
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One personal caveat, I don't normally purchase books of photography but this book was recomended. As someone who is a fan of big cities after I excaped my small town chilhood, this book sounded worth getting. This book does, with its repetitions of similar events in the three cities show in vivid display that we are all the same across the world in ways that are posigive and negative. On the postitive side Eijkelboom shows us parents holding babies, boyfriends and girlfriends in such a powerful way that that brought tears to my eyes. There is an almost impressionistic look to his photos of nature that take your breath away.
On the negative side in all cities are the homeless. Here he uses realistic style that breaks your heart. But globalization is the main evil in the potographers sight. We all own the same types of product and there is no real individuality across the word. From camoflage clothing to omnipresent advertising and the presece of mainly American products.
There is a great indroduction and an essay by a scholar that helped me appreciate thi s book to the fulest. Highly recommended.
Please excuse typos I have a neurologic disease.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Casper on March 4, 2008
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Here is even more proof that the differences in exotic cultures have already been conquered and eliminated by globalization -- at least in three large cities on three different continents. Dutch photographer Hans Eijkelboom has documented the sameness of fashion and trends and every-day urban living in 21st century Paris, New York, and Shanghai. This superb photo book is more about cool book design, and obsessive anthropological-sociological typologies, than it is about great photography. But it is a gem.

The brilliant design of the book folds out to reveal three connected books with identical sequences of near-identical subject-matter: opened and stretched out on your reading desk you have three books side-by-side. It then becomes natural to turn the pages of all three books simultaneously as you proceed. With delight, we are presented with, for instance, photographs of French, American, and Chinese men all wearing camouflage clothes as fashion statements in all three cities -- lots of men, lots of camouflage, in cities!

This pattern continues to an amazing degree with all sorts of typologies to compare and contrast: huge public sculptures, people wheeling luggage and boxes through city streets, traffic jams, urban places to relax, and even an hilarious triple spread of women sporting Louis Vuitton look-alike handbags.

Tony Godfrey writes this in his introductory essay:

"For a book of art photographs, there is an extraordinary array of images. Having opened it, I turn the pages of each volume simultaneously: I can see sixty photographs of men in striped shirts; turn again, and I see an army of seventy-two men in suits marching to work; turn again, and a panorama of empty civic spaces. What are we being told? That this is a small world after all?
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