- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: teNeues; Multilingual edition (September 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3832793623
- ISBN-13: 978-3832793623
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.8 x 14.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,477,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of Andre S. Solidor a.k.a. Elliott Erwitt Multilingual Edition
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That being said this book is by he so called alter-ego "the beret-wearing and pretentious André S. Solidor (which abbreviates to 'ass')." Wikipedia states he is "a contemporary artist, from one of the French colonies in the Caribbean, I forget which one," whose purpose is to "satirise the kooky excesses of contemporary photography".
Having the knowledge that this book is supposed to be a satirical piece does a lot help one appreciate it. I remember seeing this book at the library when I was in college and of course seeing Erwitt's name attached I checked it out only to be horrified that his color work appeared to be such rubbish. But looking at it now and with this new knowledge I can appreciate it is supposed to be rubbish. This is Erwitt creating "bad" photos to make fun of all the bad and cliche photographers out there in contemporary photography. And when you look at the book with that in mind it is actually quite funny and he does a good job of it (he is a quick witted one that Erwitt).
That being said there are some photos in here I actually like, like the series of dead fish heads smoking cigarettes and cigars. However, while I find most of the photos in the book to be quite humorous I also find it hard to recommend this book for someone to buy. Erwitt has created a book that is one big joke. Only, knowing that it is one big joke, pointing out the irony of what passes for art and interesting photography these days, does not make it that much more appealing to look at. One gets the sense that if you purchase this book, to some extent, the joke is on you :) 3.5 stars.