L’Image Obscene (The Obscene Image): Parisian Hospital Break Room Graffiti
By Gilles Tondini
Page Count: 160 pages
Size: 8 x 11 inches (20.3 x 27.9 cm)
Format: Color throughout; Casebound w/ dust jacket
Publication Date: August 2010
Price: US $34.95 UK £25 CA $47
ISBN: ISBN: 9780981960074
In The Obscene Image photographer Gilles Tondini reveals the frenzied frescos created by doctors and nurses who use hospital break rooms to let off steam in an effort to maintain sanity as they work to save lives. Graphic, sexually charged, saturated with color and lewd references, these manic murals provide visually compelling insight into how certain medical professionals in greater Paris try to keep themselves healthy.
Tondini uses his intimate knowledge of Parisian subcultures to capture a subject more or less unknown in France, let alone the rest of the world. To that end, the book will be bilingual with all of the text appearing in English and French.