Off the Shelf – PARIS IN MY TIME, MARK STEINMETZ

I have a substantial amount of photo-books. This is a log of the books I most frequently take off the shelf.

Mark Steinmetz is a documenter of people in the urban environment. His eye is quiet by which I mean his pictures welcome contemplation more than reaction.

Paris in my time is the product of 25 years of visits. At first I wasn’t too enamoured by the book (I love his other works) but Lucy Moore at Claire de Rouen books urged me to take it and I have begun to enjoy it now. The pictures are often of people completely involved in their own world. Like his other books there is a quiet to the photographs which I like.

Also interesting to note is that his publishers use their own black ink (Daido black) on uncoated paper. The printing is beautiful with warm highlights. Sometimes the shadow/midtones are pushed a shade too hard.

Here’s a link for more information on the book.

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