The Paris After Marville Team is growing. We have a new Research Assistant now, Raymond Salaber. He is working with the historical image files and preparing them for the upcoming iPad app.

Shanon is editing the 19th Century maps of Paris and Melissa is adjusting all of Peter’s photographs for the book. Anthony Gerace, an OCAD graduate living abroad in London, is working with Peter to update the design of the book cover.

This view looking across Avenue des Gobelins is remarkably modern looking despite being more or less the same configuration. Like many streets in Paris, the street opposite has changed its name - this one from Rue de Gentilly to Rue Abel-Hovelacque. The contemporary architecture on the left mimics the Haussmann-style shape on the right but with decidedly more angular features.

Rue du Pot-de-Fer      This could be described as one of the most touristic corners of Paris with the rounded building front and a street of sidewalk restaurants off Rue Mouffetard - not to mention the old name. Still, it is interesting to see that this particular view was already conceived of as a good subject, seen in pretty much the same way in 1865 and then again circa 1905. My proposition however, which is outlined in the book, is that Marville was not overly interested in the details of the buildings themselves but in mapping the streets. For this reason his image keeps the picturesque building to the side, while Atget frames it in the centre of the photographed.

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Everyone is concentrating in this week’s #parisaftermarville meeting. Finalizing image edits for the book’s publication and app production. (at Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU))

Working hard

We are all working hard on the project. I am implementing the design of the book, placing images, editing the texts, adjusting the typography - lots to do and it just engulfs one’s consciousness. I managed to purchase a page from a sporting magazine with a beautiful large ad for the Dufayel department store which Min Lee refers to in her essay.