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Paris, Portrait of a City [Hardcover]

Jean-Claude Gautrand
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16 Dec 2011
This is the vivid history of the capital of love and photography. After Berlin, Los Angeles, and New York, here comes the 4th volume in our "Portrait of a City" series: "L'air de Paris". A city built on two millennia of history, Paris is entering the third century of its love story with photography. It was on the banks of the Seine that Niepce and Daguerre officially gave birth to this new art that has flourished ever since, developing a distinctive language and becoming a vital tool of knowledge. "Paris, Portrait of a City" leads us through what Goethe described as 'universal city where every step upon a bridge or a square recalls a great past, where a fragment of history is unrolled at the corner of every street'. This history is recounted in photographs, all the way from Daguerre's incunabula to the most recent images. In fact, Paris can claim to be the only city in the world whose archives house an almost complete record of over a century and a half of transformations. This huge panorama of nearly 600 pages and as many photographs makes Paris, Portrait of a City unique. This book brings together the past and the present, the monumental and the everyday, objects and people. Thanks to images captured by the most illustrious photographers - Daguerre, Marville, Atget, Lartigue, Brassai, Kertesz, Ronis, Doisneau, Cartier-Bresson and many more - but also by many unknown amateurs, these pages show the essential workings of a human drama acted out on the stage of history. These visions attempt to bottle just a little of that 'Parisian air', something of that particular poetry given out by the stones and inhabitants of a constantly changing city that has inspired untold numbers of writers and artists over the ages. Presenting an exciting patchwork of images from past and present, "Paris, Portrait of a City" is a huge and unique photographic study that, in a way, is the true family album of all Parisians. It is to them, and to all lovers of this capital city, that this vibrant, loving and tender testimony is dedicated.

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  • Hardcover: 572 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Mul edition (16 Dec 2011)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 3836502933
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836502931
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 22.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jean-Claude Gautrand (b. 1932) is one of France's most distinguished experts on photography. An active photographer since 1960, he has also made a name for himself as a journalist and critic, with numerous publications. He is the author of the TASCHEN books on Doisneau (2003), Brassai (2004) and Ronis (2005).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paris portrait of a city 9 May 2012
Format:Hardcover
Excellent example of a hard back taschen book ideal for the coffee table , the pictures are superb ! With very interesting narrative
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book 2 Feb 2012
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Wonderful book, with a beautiful photography for lovers of Paris ''ville lumiere''.
A collection of images to consult without moderation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paris - A comprehensive photgraphic review 7 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover
This hefty book is a stunning visual history of Paris, captured over the past 160 year by some of history's most famous photographers, from Daguerre to Helmut Newton. The 500 photos, most of them black-and-white, show the transformation of the Paris landscape and the monumental events of the city's past, from the Paris Commune of 1871, the building of the Eiffel Tower to the riots of May 1968. It also captures more intimate moments: scenes of everyday life in streets, cafes, nightclubs and artists' ateliers. The book's editor, Jean Claude Gautrand, is one of France's leading experts on photography. He spent three and a half years deep in the city's archives, libraries and private collections, searching for the images for this book. This book, published by Taschen, is part of a series of visual portraits of the World's greatest cities, other books are dedicated to New York and Los Angeles, with London expected soon.
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