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Author Johan van der Keuken
Pages 64
Signed No
ISBN 9789072532091
Publisher Van Zoetendaal Publishers
Publishing date 2010
Publishing place Amsterdam
Language English, French
Edition First edition
Binding Softcover
Book condition Like New
Condition description new in pub. wraps
Dimensions (cm hxb) 25x19
This beautifully designed and printed small book shows photos taken in 1958 of couples dancing on the street. Pure joy. Paperback with jacket (as issued). Black and white photos. Fantastic photobook by the maker of the legendary "Paris mortel. Mortal Paris" (Martin Parr, The Photobook, page 248/249). On 14th July 1958 Johan van der Keuken took a walk along the Seine and stumbled across a street festival on this important French national holiday. On a small square a stage had been set up, garlands decorated the street, music was playing and the people were celebrating and dancing. The photographer has captured the special atmosphere of this afternoon and thanks to his images one gets a great insight into the Paris of the 50s: People of all ages enjoy themselves and small narratives develop. Whether a group of chatting girls, laughing children, happy dancing couples, spontaneous encounters or little flirts, all these are scenes full of light heartedness and human company. Most of the pictures have remained unpublished until now. In "Quartorze juillet" they now form a perfect addition to the image which was chosen by van der Keuken. They show what happened before, what comes afterwards and thus complete the session. Actually he had chosen only one photograph, which reflects the mood of this day best and which was used in many of his books: A couple, which dances closely embraced on the street in front of an old house front and barely notes the other celebrating people. It almost looks like a moving sill life, like a stopped film sequence. A thought which is not that absurd, because the photographer himself studied at the film academy in Paris and later became a famous documentary film-maker. Right from the start he was very interested in the dynamic of static pictures. The countless possibilities of film-making inspired him, influenced his perception and therefore his photographic works as well. Last but not least one should add that the design and the fabrication are high-class as well. From the choice of paper to the special binding this book really is a success.

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Quatorze juillet

photo-pictorial wrappers Japanese binding text in French and English by Noshka van der Lely superbly printed by Calff & Meischke in Amsterdam. This book shows the 33 pictures Van der Keuken made on 14 July 1958. One of these pictures, The Dancers, became one of the highlights in his famous book Paris Mortel.First edition, first printing. For Martin Parr one of the best 10 photobooks in 2010
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