Paper Cities

Urban Portraits in Photographic Books

Susana S. Martins (Editor), Anne Reverseau (Editor),

Category: Media and Visual Culture, Photography, Urban Studies

Language: English

ISBN: 9789462700581

Publication date: April 21, 2016

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Number of pages: 238

Size: 230 x 170 x mm

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Thought-provoking case studies on cities, photographs and books. Photographic books are almost as old as photography itself, and the city is one of their first and more recurring themes. Cities have been, and they continue to be, intensely photographed under a wide variety of forms, materialities, intentions and genres. This volume examines how a city can be moulded through the particularities of a photographic book, suggesting how urban portraits configure an overlooked, yet quite specific, photo-textual practice. Ranging from early photography to contemporary works, Paper Cities gathers thought-provoking case studies from several international contexts, providing new insights into art, material culture, history, heritage and memory, while simultaneously illuminating the debate on cities, photographs and books.

This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).

Contributors: Steven Jacobs (Ghent University), Simon Dell (University of East Anglia), Hugh Campbell (University College Dublin), Steven Humblet (LUCA School of Arts), Chris Balaschak (Flagler College), Annarita Teodosio (University of Salerno), Cecile Laly (Université Paris I), Mónica Pacheco (University College London), Douglas Klahr (University of Texas), Johanna M. Blokker (Bamberg University), Philip Goldswain (University of Western Australia).

Introduction. Paper Cities: Notes on a Photo-Textual Genre Susana S. Martins and Anne Reverseau
Part 1 Photo-Textualities, between Experience and Experiment Variétés (1928-1930) and the Surrealist Aesthetics of Urban Picture Spreads Steven Jacobs
After the Portrait? N.E. Thing Co.’s Portfolio of Piles Simon Dell
Passengers: Urban Portraiture Goes Underground Hugh Campbell
The Rhythms of the Street: The Photobook as Walkscape Steven Humblet
Part 2 City Cartographies, from Document to Sentiment
The Slavic Court: Lewis Hine and Informal Urbanism in Homestead Chris Balaschak
Cities from the Sky: Aerial Photography in Select 20th-Century Italian Experiences Annarita Teodosio
Multifaceted Portraits of Tokyo in Contemporary Photobooks Cecile Laly
Urban Representation in Photographic Books: Emotional City Mapping through The Innocence of Objects Mónica Pacheco
Part 3 History and the Printed Politics of Memory
Nazi Stereoscopic Photobooks of Vienna and Prague: Geopolitical Propaganda Collides with a Distinctive Visual Medium Douglas Klahr
Remembering and Experiencing German Cities in Photographic Books after World War II Johanna M. Blokker
Picturing a City: Charles Marville’s Albums of Paris Philip Goldswain
Notes on the Authors Notes on the Editors

Susana S. Martins

Susana S. Martins is a research fellow of the Institute of Art History and lecturer of the Art History Department at Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. She specialized in photography and cultural studies.

Anne Reverseau

Anne Reverseau specialized in Photography and Modern Literature. She is currently a FWO-postdoctoral fellow at KU Leuven.

'Paper Cities' stands out as a useful and stimulating collection of essays that confront core issues of urban photography from a variety of methodological perspectives -; a timely contribution that will certainly spur further scholarship in the years to come.
Antonello Frongia, rivista di studi di fotografia · n. 3, 2016

'Paper Cities' successfully adds to the expanding field of studies on the photobook, most notably thanks to the array of thought-provoking case studies which span various cultures, histories and chronologies. The book would be a resource for scholars and students of photography history, art history, architectural history and urban studies who specifically have an interest in space, place, cities, cultural memory and material culture.
Alexandra Tommasini, Visual Studies, Vol. 32 , Issue 3, 2017

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