Authors: Associate Professor Kim Sichel

Publisher: Yale University Press

Publish Date: May 2020

Department: History of Art & Architecture, Humanities

Making Strange: The Modernist Photobook in France offers a detailed examination of photobook innovation in France, exploring seminal publications by Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Pierre Jahan, William Klein, and Germaine Krull. Associate Professor Kim Sichel in the History of Art & Architecture Department argues that these books both held a mirror to their time and created an unprecedented modernist visual language. Sichel provides an engaging analysis through the lens of materiality, emphasizing the photobook as an object with which the viewer interacts haptically as well as visually. Rich in historical context and beautifully illustrated, Making Strange reasserts the role of French photobooks in the history of modern art.