About the Book:
In the tradition of Alexis de Tocqueville comes Photographer’s Paradise: Turbulent America 1960-1990, the first book by French photographer Jean-Pierre Laffont, for which Glitterati Incorporated won the 2014 Lucie Award for Publisher of the Year.
Weighing in at 392 pages with 359 four-color and black-and-white photographs, two gatefolds, and an introduction by Sir Harold Evans, Photographer’s Paradise is nothing short of a publishing tour de force that is equal parts news and art. Photographer’s Paradise is a testament to the power of photojournalism. As the media rose in power during the second half of the twentieth-century, it was a call to action for many to bare witness to history firsthand. Mr. Laffont found himself on the front lines, something he did with a presence of mind few can lay claim to bare. He sees not only with his eyes, but with his heart.
It is this ability to see that renders one silent before his work, for it is in the silence that we may begin to perceive the existence that lies beyond words. It is in the silence that we may hear the whispered words of Coretta Scott King and Harry Belafonte at the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. or the emotion choked in Pat Nixon’s throat as President Richard Nixon announces his resignation. It is in the silence that we look at the electric chair in Sing Sing or down the nose of nuclear warheads and wonder about the fate of humanity. It is in the silence that Mr. Laffont’s photographs speak a thousand words in every language at the same time.
About the Author:
Jean-Pierre Laffont attended the School of Graphic Art in Vevey, Switzerland, where he received his Masters in Photography prior to serving in the French Army during the Algerian War (for which he received an award for his humanitarian efforts). He is a founding member of the Gamma USA and Sygma Photo News agencies. For more than four decades, Laffont traveled the globe and created work that was published in the world’s leading news magazines, including Figaro, London Sunday Times, Newsweek, Paris Match, Stern, and Time. Among the numerous awards Laffont has received are the Overseas Press Club of America’s Madeline Dane Ross Award, the World Press Photo General Picture Award, University of Missouri’s World Understanding Award, and an award from the New York Newspaper Guild. In 1996 he was honored with the National French Order of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (a Knight in the National French Order of Arts and Letters). He resides in New York City with his wife Eliane.
Miss Rosen’s Contribution:
Coordinated international publicity campaign including coverage in
CBS Saturday Morning, The Advocate, American Photo, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, Hero, New York Magazine,
L’Oeil de la Photographie, Out, Seven/The Telegraph, Slate, and Vanity Fair, among others.
PHOTOGRAPHY | AMERICAN HISTORY
Hardcover, 10 x 13.5 inches, 39 pages, 359 b/w and four-color photographs
ISBN: 978-0-9913419-0-0, $95.00