Artists Beneath Paris
By Gilles Tondini
(Mark Batty Publisher, Hardcover, 9781935613541, 128pp.)
Publication Date: June 2012
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In Cataphiles: Artists Beneath Paris photographer Gilles Tondini, long fascinated with the exploits of these artists and their illicit work done underneath the City of Lights, has braved waist-deep standing water and crawled through the nooks and crannies of these tunnels to document the murals, sculptures, and mosaics that have been added to the limestone walls since the student protests of the late 1960s.
Cataphiles, the term used for these intruders that infiltrate the quarries underneath Paris, paint graffiti that very few people have ever had the chance to view. Tondini's exceptional photographs track the political, social and cultural climates that inspired the artists, whose work ranges from traditional tags to riffs on more classical art forms. Along with interviews of cataphiles active today, Cataphiles: Artists Beneath Paris showcases this spectacular city like you've never seen it before.
For twenty-five years, Gilles Tondini has photographed members of various French subcultures, especially training his lens on Parisians. His first two books for Mark Batty Publisher, Paris Underground and The Obscene Image, garnered international critical acclaim.