Moi Ver: Paris. Photographs and book design by Moi Ver. Text by Christoph Schifferli and Fernand Leger. Éditions 7L, Paris, 2004. 92 pp. Tall quarto. First edition thus (originally published in 1931 by Éditions Jeanne Walther, Paris). Flexible wrappers with photo-illustrated dust jacket. Cloth clamshell box with title plate. 80 duotone plates. A facsimile reprint produced under the direction of Gerhard Steidl, Göttingen.
A gorgeous facsimile reprint of one of the greatest Bauhaus inspired photobooks ever produced. In Roth, The Book of 101 Books Vince Aletti writes, "[Moi Ver's] work, particularly in book form, is a sophisticated blend of two mediums: cinematic montage and photographic multiple exposure find common ground in 'Paris,' which seems less a book than a film within covers. Published by the art-book press Éditions Jeanne Walter and featuring an introduction by Fernand Léger, the book that introduced Moï Ver to the world is exhilaratingly eccentric, definitively avant-garde...Moï Ver's Paris is a city in motion, hurtling almost out of control. Cobblestone streets, bustling crowds, façades, railway tracks, bridges, the glittering river, and countless monuments shift and shatter here. Nearly every photograph is sandwiched with at least one and sometimes several others for an effect that sends image fragments ricocheting within the frame like reflections in several mirrors at once. It's as if each picture embodied both a memory and a premonition--history compressed like energy, and just as explosive" See also Jill Conner, Paris Flash, Afterimage, Jan.-Feb., 2007.