Friday, June 07, 2013

Walk Paris Streets with Eugene Atget

Shanti Arts Publishing, based in Brunswick, Maine, will soon release a collection of short stories by the Australian master storyteller Greg Bogaerts inspired by the photographs of Eugene Atget. Working in the early years of the twentieth century, Atget is often called the first "street" photographer because he scoured the streets of Paris looking for the common everyday characters and places that comprised the city's backdrop and character. By photographing the city's ragpickers, lampshade vendors, market workers, and prostitutes, Atget left us an intimate portrait of old Paris. Bogaerts brings these photographs to life with imagination and flair. Filled with imagery and description as dark and deplorable as the back alleys of old Paris, and entangled with historically accurate details, these stories will give you far more than an entertaining read. You will never again look at an Atget photograph without thinking about the stories behind them.
Walking Paris Streets with Eugene Atget: Inspired Stories About the Ragpicker, Lampshade Vendor, and Other Characters and Places of Old France is scheduled to be released in July 2013. It has already received impressive reviews and endorsements. Art historian, writer, and teacher Jeanne S. M. Willette wrote, "For those who have gazed upon Atget's haunted images of the solitary and the lonely and have wondered about their arrested lives, writer Greg Bogaerts brings Atget's denizens of the streets to flickering life. The short stories, petites vignettes, give each nameless character a fully realized moment . . . the latent image of their existence rises from Atget's glass plate."
Walking Paris Streets with Eugene Atget is produced by Shanti Arts Publishing. It is available in paperback on their website and everywhere books are sold. Release is scheduled for July 2013. Queries should be addressed to Christine Cote, publisher. (publisher@shantiarts.com; 207-837-5760)
ISBN: 978-0-9885897-1-1

price: $19.95

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