Celebrating Colour in Photography


‘Sensational … From the everyday to the surreal, each page of this weighty collection offers a striking pause for thought’ Independent on Sunday

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Michel Pastoureau


Here is a wonderful and absorbing way to come to know and appreciate today’s colour photography and its greatest practitioners. Photographs are grouped together by six basic colours – red, blue, green, yellow, white and black – thereby triggering a stream of enjoyable and stimulating experiences.

After a succinct and clearly written introduction and one-page prefaces outlining what is it that the colours connote today and have done in the past, we enter a magical, amusing, haunting, uplifting, thought-provoking, delightful and occassionally shocking universe. Page after page of magnificently printed imagery silently tells us more about the world today and yesterday, and how all of us interact with it and apprehend it and learn from it, than any other formal study could ever do. Here are canonical and unusual photographs by practically all the great names and artists who use the medium – Steve McCurry, Martin Parr, Susan Meiselas, Bruno Barbey, Raghu Rai and Peter Marlow among them.

This is one of those rare publications of such startling simplicity in its conception – though meticulously and subtly executed – that its future as a cult success is as good as assured.

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Weight 2907 g
Dimensions 24.4 x 32.1 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 October 2010
Number of pages 480
Format Hardback
Dimensions 24.4 x 32.1 cm
Weight 2907 g


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Michel Pastoureau is the Chair of History ofWestern Symbolism and is a director of studies at the Sorbonne's École pratique des hautes études. Among his many other books are the critically acclaimed Blue:The History of a Colour and Black:The History of a Color.