Chroma - Celebrating Colour in Photography


Celebrating Colour in Photography

  1. Michel Pastoureau
  • ISBN 9780500543948
  • 31.50 x 23.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 480pp
  • 336 Illustrations, 336 in colour
  • First published 2010
‘The very essence of a high-concept book … sensational … From the everyday to the surreal, each page of this weighty collection offers a striking pause for thought ’ – The Independent on Sunday
‘Mesmerising … a thought-provoking book, and one to go to time and again to remind ourselves of the fascinating, colourful world in which we live’ – Amateur Photographer
‘Absorbing and interesting … food for thought and discussion … an excellent addition to any personal or public library’ – Silvershotz

Chroma is one of those rare ideas of such startling simplicity – though meticulously executed – that its future as a cult success is sure. Photographs are grouped together by basic colours – red, blue, green, yellow, white and black – triggering a stream of unexpected and stimulating responses.

Texts outline what it is that the colours connote today and have done in the past, then we enter a thought-provoking, delightful and occasionally shocking universe. Superbly printed images tell us more about the world today and yesterday, how we interact with it and learn from it, than any other formal study could ever do.

Famous as well as unusual photographs are reproduced with examples 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.

Michel Pastoureau is the Chair of History of Western 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 Color and Black: The History of a Color.