Mars - Une exploration photographique is the French edition of the book This is Mars released simultaneously by Aperture (not offered by L'Ascenseur Végétal). The French publishing house is actually that of the man behind this project : Xavier Barral. This book is IN FRENCH ONLY.
The book is an incredible B & W journey on the surface of planet Mars. The photographs were made by a NASA observation satellite mounted with a high-definition telescope (in collaboration with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Arizona.) From 300 km (190 miles) above, the satellite shot thousands of images from which Xavier Barral made this selection.
An exhibition of this project was shown during the Rencontres d'Arles 2013 festival.
These images, made for a scientific purpose (gathering morphologic and geologic data), happen to have an extraordinary esthetic beauty. The shapes, the textures, the shadows on these photographs are most intriguing and give a surreal dimension to this planet that is already subject to a lot of fantasies...
Xavier Barral edited the images, and three scientists (astrophysicist Francis Rocard, professor of planetary geology Alfred McEwen, and planetologist and geophysicist Nicolas Mangold) provided the scientific context and a comment for these images. A Mars planisphere is included in the book.
An oustanding book in many regards !
PLEASE NOTE: This book exists in two editions of different sizes (see below) but of identical content, please choose the edition you wish to order below the price before adding it to your cart.
272 pages - Hardcover with dustjacket
Éditions Xavier Barral, 2013 / 2017
Respective data of each edition:
- Large Format (2013): 272 p. 150 photos. 29 x 35 cm
- Small Format (2017): 296 p. 150 photos. 17.5 x 23.5 cm
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