Sunday, July 22, 2012

"Paris!, Photos 1950-1954" by Ed Van Der Elsken




A very personal book on city life by the great photographer Ed Van Der Elsken.  i first discovered his book "Love on the Left Bank" some years ago, when I first got interested in Situationists/Letterists and every other movement that came from St. Germain des Prés (Hello Boris Vian!).

What i find striking is that as the Beat Era was happening, so was the urge to find a better creative life as well in Paris.  Boho culture is Boho culture, and it goes beyond national, international or via a very readable sense of time-line history.  When you look at these images from the early 1950's, you think you are looking at Punk era 1977.  Its amazing how history repeats itself in such mysterious ways.   Beautiful book "Paris! Photos 1950-1954" and its great that I found it at my local used bookstore (Alias East on Glendale).

All images down below are from "Paris! Photos 1950-1954."

Photo by Ed Van Der Elsken

Photo by Ed Van Der Elsken

Self-Portrait by Ed Van Der Elsken

photo by Ed Van Der Elsken

Photo by Ed Van Der Elsken

Photo by Ed Van Der Elsken



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