Paris: Eye of the Flâneur (Hardcover)

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Paris: Eye of the Flâneur (Hardcover)

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From its historical grandeur to its metropolitan grit and stunning glamor, experience Paris through the lens of acclaimed photographer William Albert Allard, considered one of color photography’s most celebrated pioneers.

Over the course of three decades, former Magnum photographer William Albert Allard has been returning to Paris and embodying the idea of the flâneur, the idle yet keen wandering observer. Paris is the stunning culmination of Allard walking through the City of Light in search of nothing and everything, those gloriously unexpected scenes that unknowingly carry the weight of the world, if only for a moment. 

Visit backstage at music events and fashion shows, admire the cavernous rooms of fine museums, stroll the meandering streets of the city’s neighborhoods, walk along the Seine, and spot lounging sunbathers, café patrons, and laborers with this masterful portraitist. Allard brings his personal voice and wonderful talent to this legendary city, revealing Paris in a personal, intimate way through the lens of his camera. Vibrant with color and rich with the details of human nature, this long out-of-print collection is now available again so viewers can marvel at both the work of a master photographer and the myriad poses struck by one of the world’s greatest cities. 

“To walk in Paris is to stroll through a never-ending series of one-act plays with ever changing, often beautiful, sets, populated by sometimes equally attractive characters on display.”—William Albert Allard

Starting in 1964, Allard contributed to National Geographic magazine for 50 years, longer than any other single contributor. A pioneer of color documentary photography and a superb portraitist, Allard was credited early in his career with changing the look of National Geographic through his intimate work on the American subcultures of the Amish of Pennsylvania and the Hutterites of Montana. Allard has previously published six critically acclaimed books. His first, Vanishing Breed, photographs and writing about the American cowboy, published in 1981, was nominated for The American Book Award. Paris is the winner of the 5th edition of the Federation of European Professional Photographers (FEP) Book Prize Award.
Son of a Swedish immigrant, photographer and writer William Albert Allard was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1937. He studied at the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts and the University of Minnesota. Starting in 1964, Allard, a former Magnum photographer, contributed to National Geographic magazine for 50 years, longer than any other single contributor. A pioneer of color documentary photography and a superb portraitist, Allard was credited early in his career with changing the look of National Geographic through his intimate work on the American subcultures of the Amish of Pennsylvania and the Hutterites of Montana. Allard has previously published six critically acclaimed books. His first, Vanishing Breed, photographs and writing about the American cowboy, published in 1981, was nominated for The American Book Award. Allard lives with his wife and two dogs in Earlysville, Virginia.
Product Details ISBN: 9781951511425
ISBN-10: 1951511425
Publisher: Whalen Studios Editions
Publication Date: September 5th, 2023
Pages: 240
Language: English