Title: A Very Long Engagement

Photographer: Eugene Atget
Author: Sébastien Japrisot
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Designer: Carol Devine Carson


Photo Genre: Large-format urban dobcumentary
Book Genre: Novel

Like Karl Blossfeldt, Eugene Atget's photographs gravitate toward the covers of romantic novels and volumes of poetry. Unlike Blossfeldt, whos work's suitability for romance and nostalgia stems from the fecund promise and lyrical elegance of his subject matter, Atget's moody views of Paris are, simultaneously and inexplicably, clearly rendered documents, and opaque mysteries. KB


Click Point of Interest at right to see the cover of the post-movie edition of this book, with actress Audrey Tatout.