Paris Park Photographs

Michael Kolster renders Paris's parks like no one since photographer Eugène Atget a century ago.
Date Published :
October 2021
Publisher :
George F Thompson Publishing
Contributor(s) :
Michael Kolster, Michelle Kuo
Illustration :
52 tritones
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781938086885
Pages : 120
Dimensions : 9 X 8 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


The photographs are inspired by the world-famous French photographer Eugène Atget and the book is modeled after Walker Evans's famous book, 'American Photographs', published in 1938 by MOMA and considered one of the most important photo books published during the last century. Since Atget, no one has rendered Paris like Mike Kolster does in his photographs.

Paris Park Photographs features spectacular images from a dozen public parks and gardens in and near France’s capital city. Exploring many of the same places that photographer Eugène Atget (1857–1927) made famous a century ago, Michael Kolster references the pleasures and pitfalls of wandering alone amongst trees and plants and sculpture, unkempt and formally designed places, tempered by the knowledge that the modern world with all its congestion is only a few short steps away. These intimate yet inherently expansive views of Paris’s parks invite closer scrutiny of the encounters awaiting us at the edges of the well-worn paths defining our daily lives.

Few people venture into the frame of Kolster’s photographs, but the promise of a renewed sense of hope and community resides in the details of his visual encounters and the moments of his heightened attention. Each picture speaks to us as a moment in time, even as the sequence suggests a choreography of place, one that can vary daily along with the changing moods and light of each park. Paris Park Photographs is presented in a bilingual English/French edition and concludes with an afterword by Michelle Kuo. Of note is how the book’s design is inspired by Walker Evans’s 1938 classic work, American Photographs, making Kolster’s book of immediate interest to photo and book collectors.

About The Author

Michael Kolster is a photographer and associate professor of art at Bowdoin College who, in 2013, was a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in Photography. His photographs have been featured in Loupe, the Journal of the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, Memorious, and Consilience—The Journal of Sustainability, and they are in the collections of the Capital One Financial Corporation, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, and Polaroid Corporation, among others. Kolster has numerous solo and two-person exhibitions, including those at Gallery 263 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, Virginia, SRO Gallery at Texas Tech University, Schroeder Romero and Shredder Gallery in New York City, and 621 Gallery in Tallahassee, Florida.

Michelle Kuo is a writer, attorney, and currently an associate professor in the History, Law, and Society program at the American University of Paris. She is the author of Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship (2017), which was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Prize.

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