Cathedral Cars

Title: Cathedral Cars

Photographer/s: Thomas Mailaender

Contributor/s: Marc Augé (text)

Date of publication: November 2011

Place of publication: Paris, France

Dimensions: 30X38cm

Edition size: 700 copies

Type of binding: Hard cover, chinese binding

Number of pages: 36

Type of paper: Koppargloss

Number of pictures: 12

Type of printing: Offset

Printer: Tien Wah Press

Publisher: RVB BOOKS

Designer: Thomas Mailaender & TH studio

Editor: Thomas Mailaender

Language: English & French

ISBN: 979-10-90306-03-5

Category: book

Price: 42 euro

Summary: “Cathedral cars” is a generic term invented by dockers at the port of Marseilles to designate the vehicles that cross over the Mediterranean from Marseilles to North Africa by ship. Thomas Mailaender pays tribute to these “cathedral cars” that can be considered as human feats, visually defying the laws of gravity and tied-up dreams.
The photographer has made portraits of these cars seen from behind or from the profile, taking the background away in order to isolate them in the frame. Evoking popular art and sculpture, these cars also speak of the voyage to come, and deal with the passage from one territory to another, exodus and migration.
Constructed as a large-sized picture book, Cathedral Cars borrows the attributes of children’s books: thick cardboard paper, shiny coated film. A choice that creates a distance from the reality of context in order to present the subject itself as a game of construction.
Marc Augé’s text, “Elsewhere, Hereabouts” as well as a collection of “found images” by the artist, are printed in a 12-page booklet, fitted into the thickness of the book cover.

Date and place of birth of photographer/s: 1979, Marseille, France


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Donated by: RVB BOOKS

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