Parisian Views by Shelley Rice

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During the Second Empire (1852-1870), Baron Haussmann and Emperor Napoleon III reconstructed Paris into the "City of Light". The government and other public institutions commissioned many photographers - among them Charles Marville, Henri Le Secq, Edouard-Denis Baldus, and Gustav Le Gray - to record the old Parisian architecture and to document the demolition and reconstruction. Shelly Rice explores not only the literal connections between photography and the transformation of Paris but also the metaphorical ones. All of the essays revolve around a central theme - the creation of modern urban space, in both two and three demensions, and the impact of this space on the lives of those who walked the streets of the 19th century.
 

About Shelley Rice

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A New York based critic and historian, Shelley Rice has taught, lectured, and published widely in the United States and abroad. Her book "Parisian Views" received wide acclain, while her articles have appeared in "The New Republic", "Art in America", and "Art Forum", among other journals. Her many awards include Hasselblad Center, Fulbright, and NEH grants and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
 
Published October 1, 1997 by Mit Pr. 267 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction

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The goal, according to her publisher, is to explore ""not only the literal connections between photography and the transformation of Paris but also the metaphorical ones."" Sometimes Rice's academic approach seems removed from literal reality, as when she observes that Baron Haussmann's new sewer...

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