Paris, Before It's Too Late by Thomas Michael Gunther
Paris, Before it is Too Late is a curated selection of 60 vintage photographs by the Frenchphotographer André Ostier. Spanning the career of Ostier from his days in Paris during World War II to the 1960s and 1970s, the striking images capture the City of Light through his eyes and instill a certain sense of nostalgia. The famous fashion photographer known for his work with the couturier Christian Dior, sought to document a fleeting Old Paris by capturing itspeople, buildings, and the special moments of the city he so admired. Part of the book is a replica of an album Ostier put together himself, Avant qu’il ne soit trop tard but the bookalso includes a specially curated selection of rare and haunting images he took during the war.
The insatiable visual curiosity of the Paris photographer André Ostier (1906-1994) led Thomas Michael Gunther to capture a wealth of images during his lifetime. Known for his portraits of artists and writers, he also chronicled the fancy-dress balls of the glamorous 1950s and 1960s. In this work, the Paris-based historian of photography Thomas Michael Gunther takes a close look at the passion and conviction that characterize André Ostier’s views of the City of Light.