Recovered Memory: New York and Paris 1960-1980 is a meditation on time and place: before the internet and 24/7 news; when one could visit the Eiffel Tower without seeing police and automatic weapons, when a ride on the New York subway cost 15 cents, when the smell of fresh-baked baguettes wafted over nearly every Parisian neighborhood, and when the Coney Island parachute ride still thrilled thousands. Van Riper's striking black and white photographs spanning twenty years, coupled with his eloquent texts, capture the 20th-century romance and grit of New York more than a half century ago, and Paris, some forty years ago. It was a time when the pace of life was slower and somehow less threatening, people talked to each other instead of texting on their iPhones, and you literally had to stop and smell the coffee.
Frank Van Riper is an internationally acclaimed documentary and fine art photographer, journalist and author. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, the photography archive of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and the Tides Institute collection, Eastport Maine, among others. A portfolio of photographs from his award-winning book "Down East Maine/ A World Apart" is promised to the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Martin Walker is an author and historian, a Senior Scholar of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC; a Senior Fellow of the World Policy Institute at the New School University in New York; and a Director of Global Panel, an international policy advisory body.
"...a lively, entertaining compare-and-contrast exercise, wrought using the writer's own decades-distant, but still vivid, recollections.",
- Musee Magazine, November 5, 2018
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