Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris
On the NYR gallery, Luc Sante writes that Marville’s “exquisitely nuanced and lavishly detailed views of the alleys and impasses of the Cité anticipate Atget so completely you’d occasionally swear they were the same person. His scenes of the industrialized and fearsomely polluted Bièvre River (now driven underground) draw a sort of pastoral beauty from a resolutely unbeautiful subject. His huge, animated scenes of the destruction of the Butte-des-Moulins slum draw inescapable attention to the resemblances between urban renewal and war.”
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