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The author analyses how the Surrealists utilised the tactics of documentary and how Surrealist ideas in turn influenced the development of documentary photography. The re-emergence of Surrealist photography, has an emphasis on work made in the studio or the darkroom. This, however, is a study of what Louis Aragon called "surrealist realism": the exploration of a real-life surreality encountered on the streets of the city. The first part of the book concentrates on the depiction of the street in Surrealist publications such as the magazine "La Revolution Surrealiste" and Andre Breton's book "Nadja". The second half examines the way that photographers like Brassai and Cartier-Bresson used the tactics of Surrealism to question a conventionally realist reading of the medium. This book throws new light on Surrealism, emphasising its connections with the everyday life of the city. The Surrealist photography of Paris reveals a city where order and control are constantly being undermined. There are also lessons here for contemporary documentary practice. In the twenties, the Surrealists were aready seeking ways to incorporate subjectivity and ambiguity into documentary, without betraying its essential connections with the real.

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Ian Walker is Subject Leader in Photography at University of Wales College, Newport

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  • PublisherManchester University Press
  • Publication date2002
  • ISBN 10 0719062152
  • ISBN 13 9780719062155
  • BindingPaperback
  • Number of pages240
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