Love on the Left Bank, Hardback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


A facsimile edition of one of the "classic" photography books.

Elsken focuses on the Left Bank of Paris in the 1950s a time when it was recognised as a centre of creative ferment which would determine the cultural agenda of a generation.

With its unconventional, gritty, snapshot-like technique the work has been acclaimed as expanding the boundaries of documentary photography."


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 112 pages, 200 duotone plates
  • Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing
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  • Category: Photographs: collections
  • ISBN: 9781899235223



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This is a book about the walk on the wild side - or - the existentialism of youth. It is not so much the artistry of the images, nor the somewhat unnecessary storyline that make it compelling, as the general atmosphere of the lives portrayed and the feeling of dangerous carefree existence that marks being young. The photos feel staged and fresh and it is constantly surprising to remember that they are from a time long gone and depict real people - many with serious issues who took their own lives within years of the events portrayed.