Ed Van der Elsken
Een liefdesgeschiedenis
in Saint-Germain-des-Prés

ISBN          9789491819360
Sizes         19,5 x 27 cm
Pages       128
Cover        hardcover
Publisher  Ludion | 2015

33,00 €

Een liefdesgeschiedenis in Saint-Germain-des-Prés (A Love Story in Saint-Germain-des-Prés) is one of the most important books in the history of Dutch photography. It first appeared in 1956, with De Bezige Bij, and was the breakthrough for photographer Ed van der Elsken. Through a cinematic sequence of text and grainy black-and-white photos, Van der Elsken tells us a semi-autobiographical love story: that of Manuel and Ann, set in the grim atmosphere of post-war Paris in the 1950s. Van der Elsken follows Ann with his camera on her wander through Paris, dancing, drinking, flirting, fighting, sleeping, falling in love ... Ann is actually the legendary bohemian Vali Myers, an Australian artist who was friend with Cocteau and Genet. But Van der Elsken indicates from the outset that 'the action of the book and the characters that play a role in it originate from the imagination of the author'. A love story in Saint-Germain-des-Prés has become a cult book, which was almost untraceable until now.