From ancient Greece to the present day, the Games have always been about beauty, strength, and sharing. Taking up this state of mind, Assouline has created this limited printed book, which is, ultimately, a work of art that pays tribute to the Olympic Games, when they finally returned to their city of origin in 2004. With powerful black and white master's photographs, this luxury set recreates the emotion and atmosphere of the Olympic legend, where athletes are turned into gods, and their gestures develop a timeless aestheticism. Encased in a slipcase, the hardcover volume contains a dozen 8 page sections filled with sublime and often unpublished photographs showing both ancient Greek architecture and the best sportsmen of all times.
Olivier Margot is chief editor of French sports daily newspaper L'Equipe and author of many tomes on sport including Last Heroes (Assouline, 2004). Recipient of many literary prizes, the Olympic Media Award in 1996, and the Grand Prix de l'Academie des Sports in 1998. Today, he is considered as one of the greatest writers of sport journalism.
This hardcover book measures 17 inches by 13½ inches. Published July 30, 2004.
Origin: United States
Assouline publishes the illustrated art and fashion books you buy as gifts but end up keeping for yourself. Founded by French husband-and-wife team Prosper and Martine Assouline in 1994, this New York-based publishing house offers a collection of more than 1,000 image-heavy titles on design, fashion, food, art, travel, architecture, and photography. Notable works include "The American Fashion Cookbook," containing recipes from more than 100 designers plus a foreword by Martha Stewart; Claiborne Swanson Frank's "American Beauty," featuring high-art photographs of American women; and Francois Baudot and Francoise Aveline's three-book set on iconic designer Coco Chanel. Aside from its printing press, Assouline operates several charming book boutiques in Paris, New York, Istanbul, and other major world cities.