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French Dreams

Rothfeld, Steven Photographer

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ISBN 10: 1563054698 / ISBN 13: 9781563054693
Published by Workman Pub Co, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1993
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Fine/Near Fine unread copy protected by Archival Brodart Cover. Two inch closed tear on bottom front spine of dj. Discoloration from store label on lower front cover of pale mustard color dj. Small puncture to upper front spine indent. This dj is notorious for damage. Otherwise fine condition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001151

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Title: French Dreams

Publisher: Workman Pub Co, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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In 90 photographs a young artist named Steven Rothfeld evokes a dream of France that is exactly as we want to remember it--or imagine it to be.

Taken over seven years of travel, here are landscapes, portraits, still lifes, vignettes, and studies. But here also is a singular vision--these are not like photographs you've seen before, but are unique and unpredictable Polaroid transfers. They begin as 35 mm slides, are transferred to a Polaroid negative, and re then printed onto art paper, giving each a muted, timeworn quality of a relic.

Author Richard Reeves has written an introduction, and accompanying the photographs are quotes celebrating France from such natives and Francophiles as Proust, M.F.K. Fisher, Bauldelaire and Van Gogh, W.S. Merwin, Edith Wharton, Gertrude Stein, and others. French Dreams is a brilliant debut, a gift, a work of art, a dream of France. Winner of the 1994 Communications Arts Award of Excellence for books of photography.

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In this collection of visual enchantment Steven Rothfeld presents a dreamer's celebration of France. It is the France of mist over the vineyards of Beaujolais and a sun-dappled allee in St. Remy; of shadows falling on the Place des Vosges and of fishing nets hung out to dry in Honfleur; of snowbound rowboats on the frozen lake at Versailles and peeling shutters in Provence. It is the France that lives by light, be detail, by what Edith Wharton called the "long familiar intercourse between the earth and its inhabitants."

And it is the France whose singular quality, whose unmistakable Frenchness, is captured not only through the photographer's subject and eye, but through his technique as well. Impressionistic in mood and effect, each photograph in FRENCH DREAMS is a unique, handmade Polaroid transfer whose muted colors and soft lines seem to arise not from a camera, but out of memory itself.

Accompanying the photographs are excerpts from Proust, Colette, Baudelaire, van Gogh, W.S. Merwin, Flaubert, Henry Miller, Henry James, Georges Simenon, Madame de Sevigne, and others.

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