The UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Canal du Midi built by Pierre-Paul Riquet is now in danger. Today all the plane trees along the canal are threatened by a microscopic fungus, the canker stain. Many of them have been cut down to slow down the disease. But what will the canal like tomorrow, if we need to accelerate this process ? What would become the canal without its green row of sentinels? It is here that the pictures of a real lover of that marvellous site make all their sense as for memory and for preservation. It is urgent to save it.
"In this book, I invite you to peruse a selection of my best shots, the fruit of more than ten years of taking photos of the Canal du Midi, a World Heritage masterpiece.The charm of the canal worked its spell on me and I became fascinated by this masterpiece in the Languedoc of my birth. Over the years and throughout the seasons, I have strolled up and down its banks, camera in hand, seeking out the best angles and perfect lighting conditions." Christian Salès collaborated on the documentary offered with the book. It shows the real atmosphere of the Canal du Midi, its wonderful landscapes with a smooth and calm original music.Philippe Calas
In this new book, Philippe Calas was inspired by the Impressionist painting to reveal his pictures.
Seven chapters to know everything about the Canal du Midi
1- An idea, a problem, a solution
2- A pharaonic project, unique conditions
3- Pierre-Paul Riquet and the men behind the canal
4- Innovative engineering in the Age of Enlightenment
5- Plotting a course – and changing it!
6- The grandeur and decadence of the waterway
7- The Canal du Midi in the present tense
De Luxe book, hardcover , Bilingual edition French / English. Size :27 x 24 cm, 128 pages, full colored, strong cardboard , art book print, + 1 DVD included (French /English/Occitan) 65 minutes total duration. ECS25, ISBN: 9791093518145