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La France De Profil 
 
  
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Hardcover 
144 pages 
Aperture 
Published 2001 
  
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Originally published in French by La Guilde du Livre (Lausanne, Switzerland, 1952) and now reissued by the Aperture Foundation in a first English-language edition, this a profile of life in mid-century rural France by the great American photographer Strand (1890-1976). Following World War II, Strand moved to France and documented its rural areas in photographs. These close-up, seemingly candid images of the people, the countryside, and the architectural structures contain Strand's characteristic style of realism, depth of detail, and innate sensitivity to the environment. To supplement these exquisite pictures, French poet Roy, who knew Strand personally, provides a delightfully lyrical potpourri of poems, commentary, and collages assembled from bits of small-town newspapers. The timeless spirit of the Gallic legacy captured in the photos and words will be savored by Francophiles. A similar regional portrait by Strand, in collaboration with Nancy Newhall, is titled Time in New England (LJ 12/1/50). This work was reviewed from an unbound galley, so the quality of the approximately 100 duotone reproductions cannot be effectively evaluated. Nonetheless, Strand's importance in 20th-century photography makes this a highly recommended addition for public libraries and special photography collections. Joan Levin, MLS, Chicago  
  
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.  
  
 
  
Alan Trachtenberg 
  
"Paul Strand is universally acclaimed as a master. His pictures . . . have an honored place within the canon of modern art."  
  
 
  
Book Description 
  
Commentary and Collage by Claude Roy.  
  
 
  
Strand's celebration of french rural life, Now available In English for the First Time.  
  
 
  
In this first English translation of La France de Profil, Paul Strand's photographs, combined with commentary by the celebrated French poet Claude Roy, capture the essence of rural life in postwar France. Like Strand's renowned books, Time in New England and Un Paese, La France de Profil is a profound meditation on place. Strand's portraits of the young and old evoke a sense of history and character. Images of narrow alleys, old tobacco shops, sidewalk cafTs, and open fields convey the textures and rhythms of the French countryside. His photographs are complemented by Roy's collages, made from small-town newspapers and his own wry, handwritten musings on French mentality and mores.  
  
 
  
La France de Profil is not only a tribute to a way of life that still exists in the French countryside but a monument to the evocative power of skillfully synthesized pictures and text.
 
  
 
  

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