Fifty High Seasons Photobook

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Fifty High Seasons Photobook

42.00

First Edition of 750.
Signed and numbered.
Hardback
210mm x 325mm
116 pages
48 Images
Section-sewn, swiss-bound
Offset printing at Kopa Kaunas
Texts in English and French
Design by Joseph Miceli and publishing consulting Andrew Miksys
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The Sunday Times/ Source Magazine Issue 97 Review/ Humble Booklist 2018/ “Utopia/Dystopia By the Sea”, Colin Pantall/ Christer Ek/ The Guardian/ ”Opération Nouvelle Floride” Guillaume Tomasi / Der Spiegel/ The British Journal of Photography/ Irish Arts Review/ Souvenir d’une Californie française, Marion Zilio, L’Oeil de le Photographie/ The Huffington Post/ Gup MAgazine/ Booooooom / Landscape Stories/ Ain’t Bad Magazine/ Paper Journal/ Photomonitor/ I-D MAGAZINE/ Thisispaper/Fisheye Magazine/ Epilogue Magazine/Lensculture/

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Book Events:
Launch at Unseen book fair, Amsterdam, 22/9/18
Launch at The Library Project, Dublin, 25/10/18
Signing at Le Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, 8/11/18
Signing at Le Bal Books, Paris, 10/11/18
Lens/Post Lens Talk at the RHA, Dublin, 14/11
‘Make a book dummy’ workshop with Read That Image, Dublin, 17/11
Self-Publishing workshop at the Gallery of Photography, Dublin 22/11
Dublin Art Book Fair, Temple Bar Galleries, Dublin, Launch 22/11

In 1963 President de Gaulle initiated a regional development plan know as ‘Mission Racine', to develop a wild and windy stretch of French coastline between Montpellier and Perpignan into a series of resorts. Avant-garde architects were hired to construct unique and unusual spaces which would be responsive to the local environment and focused on the individual. Although the project provided a new source of income locally, Mission Racine was not only about enriching the region. It included an 18% quota of social housing to allow more French citizens to take advantage of their time off work. It would become an alternative to the expensive Cote d’Azur without the high rise excesses of similar developments further south in Spain. Fifty High Seasons reflects on the cumulative effect of half a century of tourism on the innovative built environment established by Mission Racine, while showing why I fell for its unique charm.

En 1963, le Président Charles de Gaulle engagea un plan régional de développement, connu sous le nom de Mission Racine, qui transforma une portion de littoral sauvage et ventée entre Montpellier et Perpignan en une série de stations balnéaires. L’avant-garde des architectes fut enagagée pour concevoir un habitat différent, centré sur l’individu et l’environnement. Le projet offirt une nouvelle source de revenus a la région, mais ce n’était pas son seul objectif. En imposant la construction 18% de logements sociaux, il permit qu’un plus grand nombre de français profit de ses congés payés. Il s’agissait d’offir une alternative a la trop riche Côte d’Azur, sans tomber dans la folie immobilière qui s’était emparée de l’Espagne plus au sud.

“The book is an accomplished summation of a long term engagement with place and an excellent example of what that kind of dedication to a subject can achieve.”
Darren Campion for Irish Arts Review

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