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L'Histoire de France Hardcover – May, 1991


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture Book; First Edition edition (May 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893814717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893814717
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 10.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,142,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Contemporary American photographer Gibson is best known for his black-and-white photographs taken in series. In this, his 15th monograph and first in color, each image takes on meaning in the context of the others. Gibson sees fragments--of a wall, a grave, a stairwell, a figure, a fish, a wine bottle. This is not monumental France but rather "the real" France, as Marguerite Duras claims in the introduction--"the Parisian pavement, the nakedness of the earth between the rows of vines; what is never expressed except, rarely, in poetry." In her brief afterword, Annie Cohen-Solal calls Gibson's "history" "a France that has been purified, without paraphrase, without chatter, still and serene . . . the starched toque of a great chef, a yellow line next to a gutter, the curve of a bistro table: Gibson delivers us its essence." Gibson's France is colorful, provocative, and above all unique. Recommended.
- Ann Copeland, Champaign, Ill.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Scanlon VINE VOICE on August 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
fashion photographer Gibson here takes us on a walk along through Paris, mainly and France, finding the most revelatory details, perfectly composed, showing us all, in an otherwise insignificant detail, a synecdoche. Before you grab your PHONE(!!??) to go out and take tourist shots, see this book, and emulate it closely. I know I try . . .

excellent and instructive photography book, now accessibly priced.

Study these photos carefully.
Looks easy, right?

Too easy?

Where one of us might set that thing symmetrically, balanced, dead center, dead

we find here a truly dynamic balance, or rather, imbalance

we find focus on the background, not the "subject"

we find in these color photos, monochrome often grey with a spot of color, made the more significant

we discover the art of photography

The title itself is deceptive.
The Story of France.

Study these photos carefully
and you try it
off kilter
all wrong
break the rules

that off center neck of a bottle of wine against a plain background
look at the complex reflections within it

for one thing.

live with this book
sleep with this book
do this book.

we see in one photo a woman copying an old master painting
all dark

copy this book
just try it.
we might learn something.
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