Synopses & Reviews
The signs of France are a gateway into a country proud of its artistic heritage—a past that reveals itself in every nuance of daily life.
Steven Rothfeld has been recording these images for decades, capturing the milky cornflower blues and faded yellows, the hand-lettered, the neatly printed, even signs made from blown glass and wooden carvings. Their uniqueness and the beauty and sensibility of these signs reflect the visual sense of identity that is France. Rothfeld's gallery is accompanied by acclaimed author André Aciman's text, transporting the reader fully to another world.
Capturing the milky cornflower blues and faded yellows of France's signs, Rothfeld captures the visual sense of identity that is France. The signs are a gateway into a country proud of its artistic heritage, a past that reveals itself in every nuance of daily life. 80 full-color photos.
"These wonderful signs are beautifully and evocatively shown and written about—something that served an ordinary purpose became a craft." —Sara Midda
"When Steven Rothfeld turns his eye to France, there is no stopping his genius." —Patricia Wells
In Entrez, the fairytale called France reveals her magic in the smallest of details: a street sign, a menu board, an awning over a shop window.
About the Author
André Aciman is the acclaimed author of Out of Egypt and False Papers. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker.Steven Rothfeld has been a contributing photographer for European Travel and Life and a contributor to Bon Appetit and Travel and Leisure. Besides his own French Dreams, he is the photographer for such books as Entrez, and Patricia Wells's Trattoria. He is also the photographer for the 365 Days in France Picture-a-Day calendar with text by Patricia Wells, and the 365 Days in Italy Picture-a-Day calendar with text by Patricia Schultz.