In May 1968, thousands of workers and students took to the streets of Paris, provoking an unprecedented wave of strikes, walkouts and demonstrations. The confrontations between police and protesters led to a general strike of eleven million workers that brought the country to a virtual standstill and nearly toppled Charles de Gaulle's government. The faculty and student body of the Ecole des Beaux Arts were among the strikers, and a number of the students met spontaneously in the college's lithographic department to produce the first poster of the revolt, which bore the declaration "e;Usines, Universites, Union"e; ("e;Factories and universities unite,"e; loosely translated). From this initiative was born the Atelier Populaire (or "e;popular workshop"e; ), a collective of print shops that produced hundreds of posters to encourage the protestors and to report on police brutality. These posters included many of the often Situationist-inspired mottos for which May '68 is remembered today, such as "e;Be young and shut up"e; and "e;return to normal"e; (accompanied by a picture of a herd of sheep). "e;Beauty Is in the Street"e; reproduces more than 200 of these posters in full color, which have since become landmarks in political art and graphic design. Also included is a thumbnail index of an additional 411 posters; a wealth of archival documentary photographs and new translations of firsthand accounts of the clashes between the students and strikers and the police, many published in English for the first time; and an introduction by Philippe Vermes, one of the founders of the Atelier Populaire.
Beauty Is in the Street
Four Corners Books
A Visual Record of the May '68 Paris Uprising
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