"The French Coffee Table Book of the Decade"
Not long ago, I promised myself no more books. As a former French professor and a book lover in general, I have way too many books and can't seem to edit my collection. But this past spring, a fabulous new French volume appeared that I just couldn't pass up.
Jacques Garcia, Twenty Years of Passion: The Chateau of Champ de Bataille celebrates the magnificent restoration of the historic Normandy chateau Champ de Bataille by French owner and world famous interior designer Jacques Garcia. Garcia acquired the run-down property in 1992 and slowly began to bring the 17th and 18th century gem back to life. The result is a truly stunning French architectural, decorative and garden experience which is brilliantly recorded in this oversized coffee table book. Two inches thick and full of exquisite photos by the extraordinarily talented French photographer Eric Sander, the French book was published by Flammarion in France last winter and the English version in the U.S. this spring.
I recently had the chance to meet with Eric Sander in Paris. We had an engaging conversation about his photography for Champ de Bataille and some of his other projects. Eric began his photojournalism career in the late 70's and since then, his work has appeared in major magazines and publications worldwide along with more than twenty books. For the past several years, he has focused more and more on capturing beautiful French estates and their gardens through photography. Here are some excerpts from our conversation about Jacques Garcia's baroque and rococo masterpiece (as translated from the French)...
(Please note that this software program does not support all accents for French words - check the article at www.elizabethnew.com for the true French spellings!)