A Sketch of Paris

posted by Bridget on 16 August 2013

For J H Engstrom it is always personal.

We are familiar with Engstrom's fascination with his own life and his latest book, A Sketch of Paris, published by Aperture, doesn't disappoint in this regard.

Essentially a diary of the last twenty years the Swede has spent visiting the French capital city, it shows us what the photographer saw: bars, gritty staircases, the seedier side of Paris and girlfriends. But much more interestingly, it also shows us the influences that have had some resonance for Engstrom. The cobbled streets from the pre-war photographers such as Brassai and Robert Doisneau; the grainy black and white bar scenes of Anders Petersen; Bruce Gilden and Martin Parr's up close flash imagery and Juergen Teller's snap shot aesthetic all appear as ghostly references through the book.

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