Johan Kugelberg Editor
Philippe Vermès Editor
Four Corners Books; distributed by D.A.P., London, 2011, English, some text in French
Nonfiction, Graphic Design
11.3 x 9.4 x 1.3 inches, hardcover, 272 pages, 300 illustrations
ISBN: 9780956192837
Suggested Retail Price: $40.00

From the Publisher. In May 1968, demonstrations against the French government spread across Parisian universities, and then to factories and other workplaces, resulting in a general strike of eleven million workers that brought the country to a virtual standstill. Among the students were a group who called themselves the Atelier Populaire, who produced hundreds of posters to encourage the protestors and to report on police brutality. Beauty Is in the Street reproduces over 200 of these posters, which have become landmarks in political art and graphic design. Also included are a wealth of photographs, many published for the first time, and translations of first-hand accounts of the clashes between the students and strikers and the police.

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Rick Poynor

As the “Occupy” protests spread around the world, this high-impact record of the May 1968 uprising against the French government in the streets of Paris couldn’t be timelier. The simple one-color poster designs, many shown full-page, jump with raw energy. The book also gathers translations from contemporary documents, a timeline of events, pictures of the Atelier Populaire workshop by participant and co-author Philippe Vermès, and photos of slogans scrawled on the walls.

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