Paris: Les Éditions Braun et Cie. 1944. First edition. Softcover. Folio. 24pp., incl. covers. Original wraps with photomontage and red and white lettering on cover. Cover designed by Pierre Boucher. Documentation of the liberation of Paris from August 18th to 26th, 1944, with captioned photographs by Robert Doisneau (7), Press Libération (2), René Zuber (12), Henri Tracol (2), Serge de Sazo (2), Vera Laroche, Photo Bienvenu, Photo S.A.I. and Pierre Jahan (2).
Documentation of the turbulent events leading up to the surrender of the German garrison in Paris on August 25, 1944, by photographers active in the French resistance. "The hour of revenge" headlines the text describing the beginning of the battle on August 19th, with photographs showing armed men shooting from the windows of the police department. Barricaded streets and tanks patrolling, arrests and and attacks on tanks, resistance members barricading themselves, building walls with stones and sandbags on August 21st and 22nd.
The centerfold shows a map of Paris, the street grid printed in red, indicating the multitude of barricades with black points and the positions of German occupiers and supporter with circles. On the evening of August 24 General Philippe Leclerc's Armored division entered Paris, with the US Third Army led by General Patton fast approaching, and with a final assault forced the defeat of the Germans on August 25th, 1944. The next day, August 26th, 1944, is depicted with celebrating French people and an arrest of a Japanese sniper by French civilians. The final page features a close-up of General de Gaule surrounded by the chiefs of the resistance. The back cover shows a young woman standing in front of a temporary memorial on a square in Paris. Very good condition. Item #48379
Robert Doisneau (1912–1994) was a French photographer and, together with Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the pioneers of photojournalism. Influenced by the work of André Kertész, Eugène Atget and Henri Cartier-Bresson he focused on what he called "exciting marvels of daily life." Doisneau published more than twenty books of his work. During the occupation of Paris he used his skills to forge passports and ID cards for the French resistance. Doisneau's most famous photo is the 1950 image "Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville (The Kiss by the City Hall)."
René Zuber (1902–1979) was a French photographer and filmmaker. Born into a family of renowned paper makers it was a 1928 book of photography "Die Welt ist schön" by Alfred Renger-Patzsch that caught his attention during a stay in Leipzig and lead him to photography. In 1932 he founded the photography studio Studio Zuber, hiring Pierre Boucher and Émeric Feher and in 1934 "The Alliance Photo Agency" with Boucher and Maria Eisner while developing a career as documentary filmmaker. A meeting with Georges Gurdjieff in 1943 led to his publication of "Who are you, Mr. Gurdjieff?" and several documentaries on the Gurdjieff movement.