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Kolkata Calcutta


Kolkata Calcutta
Patrick Faigenbaum
Lars Müller Publishers
Edited by Jean-Francois Chevrier


175 pages
300×244 mm
ISBN: 978-3-03778-464-8


Like his previous publications, photographer Patrick Faigenbaum’s new book is dedicated to a specific terrain: the Bengali metropolis of Kolkata, which bore the name of Calcutta during its time as a British colony. Winning the prestigious Henri Cartier-Bresson Award in 2013 allowed the artist ( b. 1954 in Paris ) to pursue the project Kolkata – Calcutta, in collaboration with the art historian and critic Jean-François Chevrier. The photographs, which Faigenbaum began taking in the spring of 2011, make tangible how a visitor can’t help but be taken in completely by this overwhelming city. Detailed captions accompany the photographic sequences, while an interview with France Bhattacharya embeds the images in the Bengali culture. The historical profile of the chaotic metropolis and its close connection with the surrounding countryside are shown through the prism of figures from public life, rituals, and intimate landscapes.

Born in 1954, Patrick Faigenbaum is a major artist of the contemporary photographic scene. Since his first Florentine portraits of the Italian aristocratic families until his more recent work, he has used both black and white and colour for certain of his “portraits” of cities, landscapes and objects. His photography is imprinted with classical culture and his long frequentation of painting. Patrick Faigenbaum is teaching at the Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris since 2001. He is represented by Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels.

Lars Müller Publishers is an internationally active publishing house based in Zurich, Switzerland. Founded in 1983, the press has made a worldwide name for itself with its carefully edited and designed publications on architecture, design, photography, contemporary art and society.