Photobook-Édouard Boubat-A Gentle Eye


Photobook-Édouard Boubat-A Gentle Eye

Pages: 368
Size: 29.5 x 31.5 cm
Published: 2004
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Stock number: RG1651/0124
Price: £225 + P&P

In a career that spanned more than fifty years, photographer Edouard Boubat (1923-1999) captured the magic of fleeting moments with tenderness and warmth. A contemporary of Robert Doisneau and one of the most influential French photographers of the 20th century, Boubat made elegant, poetic pictures, beginning with images of everyday life in his native city of Paris and moving on to striking pictures taken on his travels to Kenya, India, Spain, Portugal, Brazil and China. His photographs were the subject of a major exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou in 1976, the same year he published the first major book on his work. Now, five years after his death, this luxurious volume presents the entire range of Boubat’s work in 300 beautiful tritone reproductions. All of his most famous photographs are here – including those of his muse, Lella – along with texts on the artist by writers Michel Tournier, Jacques Prevert and Marguerite Duras, and Boubat’s own writings and notebook excerpts. Developed in close collaboration with Boubat’s son, Bernard, this authoritative collection is the only existing monograph on this enduringly popular, but until now strangely unsung, photographer.

The photobook is in good condition but the dust jacket shows some wear and plastic covering is starting to peel in the bottom right of the front cover.

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Edouard Boubat was a French Post-War photographer known for his poetic images of nature, animals, and portraits. Instead of espousing a political agenda, his photographs prioritized the vitality of life without being sentimental. “There is something instinctive about the moment you choose to ‘take’ a photograph,” Boubat said. “It’s not the result of thought or reflection. The strength of the composition is always born of the instant of the decision. It reminds me of archery. There is the tension of the bow and the free flight of the arrow.” Born on September 13, 1923 in Paris, France, he was sent to do forced labour in Germany during World War II by the Nazi regime. After the war, he gradually established himself as a photographer in Paris and by 1951 was exhibiting alongside Brassaï and Robert Doisneau. While working for Realities magazine the artist travelled around the world taking photos of Hindu families in India, tree silhouettes in Africa, and children in Latin America. Boubat died on June 30, 1999 in Paris, France. Today, his works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


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