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For six years, photographer Julien Scussel has had unprecedented access to the Parisian team and its players. No photographer has ever got this close to a professional football team made of international stars always followed by the world’s cameras. The result is a behind-the-scenes discovery of a project that has forever changed the dimension of the emblematic Parisian Club and its imprint in the world of sport and beyond. From this comes a one-of-a-kind book that brings together a series of shots that are a step above traditional sports photos.

Nothing is ordinary in this book. International football icon Pelé is alongside French author and screenwriter David Foenkinos — a loyal supporter of the club — to introduce and unveil faces and bodies that evoke all sorts of emotions page after page. From Paris and New York to Tokyo and Doha, all the figures who have contributed to the club’s fame are included: Beckham, Ibrahimović, Cavani, Neymar Jr., Messi and Mbappé.

For David Foenkinos, who narrates the book: “The project promises to be a long-term insight. Of course, players are often photographed. At this level of fame, most of their life becomes public. But here the project is unique because of its artistic purpose. Some shots offer a close-up look, just like a painting. We can see the incredible details from big pictures. We think of Presnel Kimpembe’s face when he beckons to the supporters and shares his rage to win while we see his teammates celebrating the goal that was just scored behind him. And how can we not think of this shot where players enter the field in Singapore? The twilight that cuts through the scene offers an additional intensity to its beauty. We can clearly feel that the photographer is driven by a constant quest for the ideal lighting, like great Renaissance painters. There is inspiration from Géricault and Rembrandt in the use of chiaroscuro. In some photos, players even nod to a form of mythology. Julien Scussel is mindful of bodies and veins like the sculptures of the Olympus Gods.”

Only in Paris do arts and sports appear so complementary. In just a few years, Paris Saint-Germain has become an icon of contemporary culture, a club of the new generation, which shines beyond the football field and in everyone’s imagination.

Limited to 1,000 numbered copies, this book is a must-have for all fans of the club. Illustrated with exclusive imagery that has never been seen before, this beautifully curated volume is handcrafted and highlights the club’s players, matches and key victories. Finished with tip-on images placed by hand, it comes in a bright clamshell case that makes it a volume to cherish for decades to come. This book is available in English and in French.

Complimentary white gloves and signature canvas tote bag are included with each purchase from Assouline's Ultimate Collection.

DETAILS

  • 240 pages
  • Over 150 illustrations
  • English language
  • Released in January 2023
  • W 39.4 x L 47.3 x D 7.2 cm
  • Handcrafted linen volume in a linen clamshell case
  • ISBN: 9781649801579
  • 9.0 kg

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

<p>After studying political science, Julien Scussel decided to make a pivot in his career and dedicate himself to photography. Pursuing work in portraiture, photojournalism, fashion and advertising, he is driven by human adventures and artistically inspired by cinema and classical painting. Before moving to Paris, he traveled the world and often shot advertising and modeling-agency campaigns in the USA and South Africa. His photography is intimate, accurate and elegant, enabling him to work closely with celebrities and to collaborate with an array of artists, athletes and political figures around the world. Scussel has been following the Paris Saint-Germain team between Paris and Doha since 2016, immersing himself in the club’s daily life, from training sessions and family moments to key celebrations and legendary wins.</p>
<p>Author, screenwriter, scenarist and musician, David Foenkinos, who narrates the book, has been at the forefront of the French literary scene since the early 2000s. He has directed and contributed to an array of movies, such as <em>Jalouse </em>(2017) and <em>I Feel Better</em> (2018), and is the author of more than a dozen novels, including book-turned-movie <em>Delicacy</em> (2011) as well as <em>Vers la beauté</em> (2018) and <em>Deux soeurs</em> (2019).</p>

CRAFTMANSHIP

Assouline’s Ultimate Collection is an homage to the art of luxury bookmaking. Hand-bound using traditional techniques, with color plates hand-tipped on art-quality paper, each page of this limited-edition series bears the unique imprint of the artisan. Treating a range of topics from jewelry and fashion, fine art and the ‘Impossible Collections,’ the Ultimate Collection curates culture from around the world and across the ages. Nestled in linen clamshell presentation cases, these books attract collectors, lovers of the printed page, and those who devour the culture of our time. Signaling a new level of sophistication for true connoisseurs, these unique books are works of art in their own right.

PRESS

<p><a href="https://khamsa5.com/culture/books/julien-scussel-on-photographing-paris-saint-germain/"> Julien Scussel On Photographing Paris Saint-Germain, Khamsa Online (UAE), March 2023</a></p>

<p><a href="https://www.lefigaro.fr/sports/football/ligue-1/psg-que-trouve-t-on-dans-l-album-photos-collector-a-1050-euros-20230222" target="_blank">PSG: Que trouve-t-on dans l'album photos collector à 1050 euros?; By: Gilles Festor, Faces Online; By: María Casbas, Le Figaro Online (France), February 2023</a></p>

<p><a href="https://www.oniriq.fr/art/les-coulisses-du-paris-saint-germain/" target="_blank">
Paris Saint-Germain: « Au plus près des étoiles », le livre photo qui raconte les coulisses; By: Sirine Errammach, Oniriq Online (France), February 2023</a></p>

<p><a href="https://www.protothema.gr/economy/article/1337135/sta-aduta-tis-pari-sen-zermen-mesi-neimar-kai-bape-se-fotografies-gia-poster/" target="_blank">Στα άδυτα της Παρί Σεν Ζερμέν: Μέσι, Νεϊμάρ και Μπαπέ σε φωτογραφίες για πόστερ, Protothema Online (Greece), February 2023</a></p>

<p><a href="https://imboldn.com/paris-saint-germain-closer-to-the-stars-by-david-foenkino/" target="_blank">Assouline Publishes ‘Paris Saint-Germain Closer To The Stars’, Imboldn Online (USA), January 2023</a></p>

I am really excited about giving the maximum to try to win another Champions League, and I hope it will be with the Paris Saint-Germain jersey! I know what this victory would mean for the club.

Lionel Messi

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