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MARIANNE STRÖM , PARIS IN DETAILS : THE MARAIS - A NEW FABULOUS BOOK BY THE MOST FAMOUS SWEEDISH PHOTOGRAPHER 


REVEALED AT LAST – THE GLORIES OF THE MARAIS…

THE WORK
Twenty-five years ago, hotels particuliers, courtyards, gardens and private dwellings were still relatively accessible. Half-open doors meant that a photographer could steal up on their subjects, stumble upon some new passageway, some previously unknown courtyard, a hidden window, a staircase leading nowhere, a silent attic… Everything was left to chance; random, accidental. Those days are over. To-day, such places are more closely guarded, and access often requires a lengthy parley with an implacable concierge or a proud owner with security on his mind. It is the architectural details which are the true glory of the buildings of the Marais, and they perform their task with verve. They are a fitting tribute to the skilled craftsmen who, throughout its history, worked to create the wonders of this grand and bustling area.

L’AUTEUR
An acclaimed art historian, author of a doctoral thesis (Sorbonne) on Public art: the plastic arts and their relationship to architectural, public and social space, Marianne Strom has lived in the Marais since the Seventies.
As a gifted photographer, her eye was naturally drawn to the splendours of the hotels in her adopted neighbourhood, whose facades, mascarons, staircases, doorways, consoles and door-knockers she has photographed in their every detail. Her work in this connection has been exhibited twice at the Bibliothèque historique de la Ville de Paris, and now finds its natural extension in the present volume.

Another of Marianne Strom’s passions is the art and architecture of the Underground. Metroart, which covers some forty undergound stations throughout the world, became the basis for a successful touring exhibition shown, between 1987 and 2009, in Brussels, Moscow, Stockholm, Brasilia, Buenos Aires and Paris (Centre Pompidou). Other of Marianne Strom’s exhibitions include : Sacred sites, architecture and popular expressions, mounted under the auspices of UNESCO in Norway and Sweden, with photographs of details –
striking in their similiarity – of places of worship throughout the world; and Wooden architecture in Sweden, with revealing photographs of its wooden churches, schools, houses and buildings generally.

Bilingual edition (french-english)
Publication: 21 avril 2011
ISBN13 et EAN: 978-287-623-288-4
Format: 21 X 21
Pages: 292 p.
Price: 28 euros - available in most of The marais bookshops les librairies du Marais, at the BHV, The Louvre Bookshop, Charlemagne Library, Comme un Roman, library Michèle Ignazi Carnavalet museum bookshop, La Belle Lurette, library Henri IV...

Have a look at Marianne wonderfull slide show on the marais, extracted from her previous book : http://www.parismarais.com/historic-houses-panorama.htm

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