Over the past 15 years, award-winning American-Austrian photographer David Bacher has roamed the streets of Paris and New York City, always on the lookout for unexpected moments that capture the soul of both cities. The book is a kind of treasure hunt, where viewers can discover and interpret Paris and New York in amusing, yet reflective, ways. The images often mirror each other, and just as often, it is not immediately clear in which city a photograph was taken.
Carole Naggar’s introduction describes David Bacher’s approach, rooted in the tradition of many classic street photographers who have worked in Paris and New York City. She compares his work with William Klein, Henri Cartier Bresson, Elliot Erwitt and others.
The photographer on the project : “Paris and New York are like stage sets with actors and actresses on every street corner who don’t have set roles. I somehow find myself trying to organize this chaotic beauty of everyday life into pictures. The challenge is to photograph in a way that documents, deconstructs, and poses questions in a single image. Sometimes elements in an image fit together cohesively, and sometimes they push apart causing tension. At times, it’s difficult to know whether a photo was taken in New York or Paris except for perhaps one discerning detail. Do Parisians wear white socks? Where can one see the Mona Lisa with an airplane flying across her face? In the Louvre or in Flushing, Queens. It is about showing reality, or what the eye sees, but at the same time twisting and playing with that reality. This project, which began without any particular concept, has slowly merged into a colorful duet about two magical cities.”
DAVID BACHER, is an American and Austrian dual citizen who has been living in France for 15 years. He holds a degree in economics and anthropology from the University of Virginia, and a continuing degree in photojournalism from the Danish School of Journalism. David’s work has been published in National Geographic among several other magazines, and his photos have been exhibited in both Europe and the United States. He also collaborates with international organizations like the United Nations. His photography recently received several awards: National Geographic France/Air France Photo Award, International Photography Award, Smithsonian Institution Photo contest, and PX3.
CAROLE NAGGAR was born in Egypt and moved to Paris at a young age. She spent most of her childhood and young adulthood in Paris and later moved to New York City. She now spends her time in both Paris and New York City. Carole is a poet, photography historian, curator, and painter. Her most recent publications are Tereska and Her Photographer (a fiction based on a photograph), Magnum Photobook: The Catalogue Raisonné and Saul Leiter: In my Room. She is a regular contributor to Aperture and The New York Review of Books online, and since 2014, she has been Series Editor for the Magnum Photos Legacy Biography series.
PARIS/NYC, David Bacher, Carole Naggar
22.5 x 27.5 cm, 144 pages, 77 photos
German, English, French, hardcover, ISBN 978-3-903101-65-4, EUR 49.90