Love on the Left Bank  

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Love on the Left Bank (Een liefdesgeschiedenis in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 1956) is a photo book by Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken (1925-1990), documenting the bohemian life on the Rive Gauche of Paris. Vali Myers (1930–2003) is shown throughout the book, along with some of her early drawings.

Vali Myers, the book's protagonist, is depicted as the haunting kohl-eyed heroine in what has been called a roman à clef photo-novel. The book was designed by Dutch graphic designer, sculptor, typographer Jurriaan (William) Schrofer (1926–1990) and quickly sold out.

Amongst its pages can be found the faces not only of artists but also of nascent Lettrist International members and Situationists at the cafe Chez Moineau. People depicted include members and associates of the Letterist International (particularly Jean-Michel Mension and Papaï).

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