2005 - La Ville: Entre Représentations et Réalités (English)

La Ville: Entre Représentations et Réalités, by Claude Loupiac, SCÉRÉN-CNDP, Paris, 2005, pp. 233-234, w/repro.

This theme of urban vitality and simultaneity is not confined just to the world of painting. Photographers have also embraced this idea. Some choose compositions that evoke movement, such as Germaine Krull (1897-1985) with Trafic parisien, place de l’Étoile or Ergy Landau (1896-1967) with Gare Saint-Lazare, while some focus on nocturnal impressions, for example Felix Mann with Big Ben or Pierre Jahan (1909-2003) with Luna-Park la nuit, or on reflections that fragment urban life, namely Eugène Atget with his study of shop window displays (Avenue des Gobelins; Boutique automobile) or Jill Corson with Fractured Hermès, Retro Mission etc. Others juxtapose elements of urban reality to produce photo montages that create a new image of the city, translating its complexity, its jerky rhythms, its bursts of noise and perspective, as in Metropolis by Paul Citroën. Finally, moviemakers devote their time to recreating the frantic rhythms of city life. In Man with the Movie Camera, Dziga Vertov (1898-1954) depicts “speed and fleeting annotation” and makes use of “Kino eye” shooting and editing techniques to express the rhythm of a city seething with economic fever, shaken up by work, by the production that both divides it and brings it together.

— Claude Loupiac