The Perfect Man by Cristina de Middel - Signed Book – Magnum Photos

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In India, industrial revolution never really started and never really ended, but western standards, which defined this new perfect working man, were imposed and accepted in a society that already had a very elitist cultural structure. The results were confusing.

De Middel tells the story of Doctor Ashok Aswani, who decided one day to go to the cinema instead of going to work. He saw a Chaplin movie four times, lost his job and started what would become the biggest festival homage to Chaplin in the world. Doctor Aswani would never be the perfect man because the perfect man works for his country’s greatness. The perfect man wakes up early to go to work and waves at his wife from the car as he heads towards the daily traffic-jam that would take him to his office. Charlot would never be the perfect man either.

Signed by Cristina de Middel

  • Format: Hardbound
  • Publisher: La Fabrica
  • Publication Year: September 2018
  • Pages: 176; 158 illustrations
  • Size: 8.25 x 11 inches (20.9 x 27.9 cm)
  • ISBN: 9788417048396

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With Chaplin’s film Modern Times as a starting point for the book’s narrative structure, de Middel reflects on the peculiar understanding of masculinity in India, through the relationships between man, machine and work.


In India, industrial revolution never really started and never really ended, but western standards, which defined this new perfect working man, were imposed and accepted in a society that already had a very elitist cultural structure. The results were confusing.

De Middel tells the story of Doctor Ashok Aswani, who decided one day to go to the cinema instead of going to work. He saw a Chaplin movie four times, lost his job and started what would become the biggest festival homage to Chaplin in the world. Doctor Aswani would never be the perfect man because the perfect man works for his country’s greatness. The perfect man wakes up early to go to work and waves at his wife from the car as he heads towards the daily traffic-jam that would take him to his office. Charlot would never be the perfect man either.

Signed by Cristina de Middel

  • Format: Hardbound
  • Publisher: La Fabrica
  • Publication Year: September 2018
  • Pages: 176; 158 illustrations
  • Size: 8.25 x 11 inches (20.9 x 27.9 cm)
  • ISBN: 9788417048396

The Magnum Shop usually ships orders at least three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To calculate shipping please go to your Cart.

International Orders:
Please note that if you choose First Class International for orders up to 4lbs or up to $400, delivery can take up to 30 days and tracking may not be available for your country.

If you choose Priority Mail International for your order delivery usually takes between 6 to 10 days depending on your country. Tracking will always be available.

If you prefer a different shipping method or an alternative shipping company, please email shop@magnumphotos.com. All shipments are insured.