Here’s a tantalising sample of some of the images you’ll find in the new book from one of our favourite publishers, the exemplary Four Corners Books. Beauty is in the Street: A Visual Record of the May ’68 Paris Uprising is set to be published later this month and promises to be essential reading. The timing couldn’t be better for a meaty investigation into the visual language of the May ’68 protests, one of the most important moments in twentieth century protest culture — it is as inspiring for its raw graphic power as well as the social movement behind it.
At the heart of the uprising was a group called Atelier Populaire, which turned out hundreds of posters to galvanize the movement, with immense speed and energy. Two hundred of these posters are reproduced in the book, and together they show just how forceful and immediate the poster format can be.
Beauty is in the Street: A Visual Record of the May ’68 Paris Uprising, edited by Johan Kugelberg and Philippe Vermes is published 16 May in hardback, £25.00