Rachel Cobb: Mistral: The Legendary Wind of Provence
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About the Author
Bill Buford has been a writer and editor for the New Yorker since 1995. Before that he was the editor of Granta magazine for sixteen years and, in 1989, became the publisher of Granta Books. He is also the author of Among the Thugs and Dirt. He was educated at the University of California at Berkeley and at Kings College, Cambridge.
Can you capture the wind? No, this is not a riddle. This is what photographer Rachel Cobb set out to do - and not just any wind but le Mistral, the strong, cold wind that blows across Provence in the south of France. Cobb spent years photographing it, starting with Kodachrome film, ending with digital cameras. And she has collected her work in a new book.--Mary Louise Kelly "NPR All Things Considered "
American photojournalist Rachel Cobb has spent several decades capturing the legendary wind that blows through southern France. This relentless force of nature that can gust to hurricane strength is an integral part of the fabric of Provençal life.--Guardian
Cobb's new book, Mistral: The Legendary Wind of Provence, is a record of the 20 years she spent hunting the wind.--Marigold Warner "British Journal of Photography "
In beautifully evocative stills, a photographer captures the restless swirl of Province's famous wind.--Kim Hubbard "People "
Mistral: The Legendary Wind of Provence by photojournalist Rachel Cobb is a deeply wonderful, playful, and moving collection of images and text that prove her achievement of something seemingly impossible: photographing the invisible. ... Here, though, there is huge success. Mistral achieves the impossible. ... I found myself lingering over the photographs, imagining the stories behind the shots. Mistral is among those great photobooks that provoke a creative imagining in the viewer's heart and head. .... If I were writing Hollywood hype, I'd use phrases like "instant classic".--W. Scott Olsen "Lensculture "