En Chantier. Une Université et un quartier. Paris 13e, Masséna. Photographs by Aymeric Fouquez and Josef Koudelka. Textuel, Paris, 2002. 30 pp. Narrow, oblong folio (16 x 8 in./40 x 20 cm.) First edition. Stiff boards with 30 accordion fold pages. Black-and-white reproductions.
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Some of Koudelka's most brilliant work panoramic work! A combined effort between Koudelka and Aymeric Fouquez, this beautifully produced book documents the transformation of the Masséna neighborhood in Paris's 13th arrondissement from a hard-core industrial area to a university neighborhood designed largely by the architect Christian de Portzamparc.
"In 1986, for a project commissioned by the French government whose goal was to document the French landscape at the end of the century in the wake of the 1851 Mission Héliographique, Koudelka had started to use a medium format panoramic camera...
'Devastation is photogenic,' claims Koudelka whose empathy with the scars left on the environment by Man's violent carelessness is expressed through the dark and strictly-composed draughts of a 'mad geometrician.' The photographer's black and white prints (he only used color once and never liked it) recreate a world that lies somewhere between Shakespeare's King Lear and Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi. It is a world of muted sound and obvious devastation seen and told by an extremely opinioned and almost obsessive eye whose fascinated and fascinating quest alternates between a manic spiral and the wait for Godot."--From Bruno Chalifour, 'Modern Sublime: The World of Josef Koudelka at the Rencontres d’Arles', Afterimage, March-April 2003
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