Frederic Chaubin. Stone Age. Ancient Castles of Europe

Frederic Chaubin. Stone Age. Ancient Castles of Europe

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Follow photographer Frederic Chaubin as he embarks on a unique, century-spanning journey through Europe. Featuring images of more than 200 buildings in 21 countries, Stone Age presents the history and architecture of the most dramatic medieval castles of the continent in an unprecedented collection.

Building on the success of his foray into Soviet design with CCCP, Chaubin once again documents the afterlife of highly rational structures that seem out of place in a modern-day world. Precursors of Brutalism, these castles value function over form and epitomize the raw materials and shapes that would go on to define so much of architectural history.

Shot on film with a Linhof view camera, the collection is the outcome of five years of travel and investigation. Complete with a practical map and explanatory essay, its castles tell the story of 400 years, unfolding through the feudal Middle Ages into the 15th century.

A photographic study of decay as much as endurance, Stone Age traces the history of some of these singular structures that continue to enchant their audiences today and that occupy a distinct, mystical place in our collective imagination.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 260 x 340 x 39.88mm | 3,524g
  • Cologne, Germany
  • English, French, German
  • Multilingual edition
  • Multilingual edition
  • 3836585014
  • 9783836585019
  • 22,438

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“Más de 200 edificios de 21 países forman esta majestuosa ruta, que conjuga historia y arquitectura. Son los castillos más mágicos del continente europeo, fortificaciones nacidas en la Edad Media que mantienen su función por encima de la forma pero se adaptan al territorio, como la elegante fortaleza de Torrechiara, en Parma, o Castillo de Coca y su alma mudéjar.”
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"Frederic Chaubin's highly stylized and romantic photographs bring attention to atypical examples of architecture..." * SHOOTING SPACE * "In Stone Age: Ancient Castles of Europe, writer and photographer Frederic Chaubin has set out to disrupt the familiar stereotypes, using prose and photography to link the medieval with the Modernist." * *
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About Frédéric Chaubin

Frederic Chaubin has been, for twenty years, editor-in-chief of the French lifestyle magazine Citizen K. Since 2000 he has regularly featured works combining text and photography. His CCCP collection research was carried out from 2003 to 2010 and published in 2011. During the last five years, he has been dedicating himself to the Stone Age project.
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