Lewino, Walter. L’Imagination au PouvoirParis: Eric Losfeld / Le Terrain Vague, June 1968. n.p. [50 p.]; ill.; 22 x 24 cm. Illustrated red cover with text in black. Includes 41 B&W photographies by Jo Schnapp.

Just a few days after the May uprisings in France, writer and journalist Walter Lewino joined forces with photographer Jo Schnapp to produce a volume devoted to the political slogans that filled the walls of the Left Bank and the Sorbonne. These ephemeral works of art – many of which the work of Christian Sebastiani – were heavily inspired by the Situationists. When Lewino realized that, he offered to share the proceeds of his book with the Internationale Situationniste, something Guy Debord very much appreciated (“Camarade Lewino…Merci pour la Phynance. Sans temps mort, sans entraves”). This anecdote is documented in Lewino’s autobiography, Pardon, pardon mon pere (Paris: Grasset, 2001) as well as in Christophe Bourseiller’s Vie et Mort de Guy Debord (Paris: Plon, 1999)

Gonzalvez 217 and Voyer 144. Readily available in the trade.    

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