Paris In My Time by Mark Steinmetz
. First edition (2013). First impression. Large format hardcover in new condition. Signed by Mark Steinmetz to title page. No markings. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Paris In My Time
Mark Steinmetz’s long-awaited new monograph presents work culled from several extended trips that the artist made to Paris over a twenty-five year period. Paris was where his mother was born and raised, giving Steinmetz a special connection to, and familiarity with, the city. As a result, Steinmetz plays with the conventions of the Paris photographic tradition, from Atget to Kertész. Therefore the pictures are classical, with a modern feel. Consequently Steinmetz updates the tradition and follows the path he has set with his other books.
Claiming, “I am more interested in a photography that collaborates with chance events,” Mark Steinmetz has been courting chance since the mid-1980s, keenly observing people and places and capturing them in disarming moments of humor, tenderness, and beauty. Working in series, he has concentrated on such subjects as kids and teenagers, small American towns, summer camp, schoolteachers, and street scenes in Paris and various Italian cities. Though he has worked in color, he concentrates primarily on black-and-white. While most other photographers embrace digital technologies, Steinmetz remains committed to film and to making his own prints in a darkroom, and has been using the same cameras, film, and chemicals throughout his career. “I have a strong emotional response to light and I insist that my prints convey this,” he explains, “so I still rely on film and silver paper.”
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