A Story of Bears, Hardback Book


Sylvie Huet rediscovered her own childhood teddy at the age of 49 in a Paris fleamarket.

Until then he had lived only as a memory and in family photographs.

Her discovery began a trail of exploration, revealing childhood memories and family secrets.

The bears that feature are aged between 44 and 103 years old - worn, stitched, and scarred, yet seemingly indestructible.

Mostly they are anonymous, but several have celebrity status.

Amongst those included are Nana, Jean Paul Gaultier's bear with the cone bra; Grayson Perry's 'personal god' Alan Measles; Tomi Ungerer's bear, who inspired his famous children's book Otto; and Jubilee, a stuffed chimpanzee and the childhood companion of Dame Jane Goodall, now considered the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees. Sylvie Huet's portraits give the bears a dignity that befits their status in the eyes of their owners.

Included are archive photographs, stories from the past, accounts of meetings and literary extracts.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 172 pages, 64 b&w and colour photographs
  • Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Individual photographers
  • ISBN: 9781907893599



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