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Paris Tango [Hardcover]

Carla Coulson

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25 Jun 2009

Paris Tango offers a contemporary look at Paris, one of the world's most beautiful and vital cities, through the eyes of Australian photographer and writer Carla Coulson. Paris Tango takes us on a very personal journey into the heart of the city; from an insider's take on her local neighbourhood, the vibrant Marais and behind-the-scenes at the Moulin Rouge to the contemporary artists, couturiers and perfumers who continue upholding the legacy of Paris's reputation as being at the cutting edge of style.

Carla interviews the gatekeepers of all things French, including: Moulin Rouge owner Jacki Clérico; master perfumer Frederic Malle; couture genius Francois Lesage; renowned florist Djordje Varda; lingerie high priestess Chantal Thomass; and architect Renzo Piano, whose masterpiece, the Pompidou Centre has become part of Paris's iconography.

Carla also introduces her readers to Parisian locals such as her salsa teacher, landlady and boulanger, as well as just a few of the Parisian dog owners who give Paris its reputation for being the city of dog poop. Carla's intimate photographs and evocative writing create an unforgettable, yet very personal portrait of a city that never fails to inspire.

Those who already love Paris, and those still waiting to be wooed, will be entranced by the insight into the city that Carla shares.

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In 2000 Carla Coulson realised that her frenetic, glamorous Sydney life lacked one thing: passion. Determined to establish herself as a photographer, she moved to Florence and rebuilt her life and career from the ground up. Carla captured the joys and hardships of her journey in her beautiful and inspiring first book, Italian Joy. Carla is now based in Paris. Her photography has been published in Marie Claire, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Collezione, Vogue Entertaining + Travel and Flair, among others. Carla also provided the gorgeous photographs for Vicki Archer's My French Life

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5.0 out of 5 stars Paris Tango 23 Oct 2010
By Valorie Hart - Published on Amazon.com
Paris. Tango. What two words evoke more feeling and conjure up a rush of romantic images in every person's mind, whether you dance tango or not, or have been to Paris or not. Combine the words: Paris Tango and you have this heady memoir told in words and pictures by the photographer/author Carla Coulson.

Carla may be known to some of you Francophiles as the sidekick photographer to author Vicki Archer whose excellent recent book My French Life became a staple for collectors of books about the French lifestyle. Both women are ex-pat Australians, living in France.

It goes without saying that the tango in this book, is the dance Carla does with the city of Paris. The city holds her in the eternal embrace that is the tango - connected, profound, and sensual.

The frontispiece image is of dancer from the Moulin Rouge ascending the stairs, and the image on the end paper is photo of a pair of dance shoes that look as if the dancer's feet just kicked them off. Between these images are 292 delicious pages of masterful photography of glimpses of Paris life most of us will never have the pleasure to experience. Carla Coulson is the Brassai of her genertaion. (Brassai, Paris (Taschen 25th Anniversary Special Editins))

The great surprise in this book is the text that goes along with the masterful photography. Carla can write! And write she does, as she weaves one fabulous story after another along with the photos, words and images that intertwine like tango dancers legs.

For some odd reason the book has not been released in the USA, and it can be ordered on Amazon UK, and now on Amazon in the USA via some of the second hand booksellers you see here. Snap up this book from one of them.

Paris Tango is a lovely volume to own with a beautiful snap closure slip case, and red ribbon book mark, which are fitting elegant touches for the elegance the pages hold inside.

Paris Tango is a magnificent book to get for yourself, or to give as a spectacular gift.
Engage in your own visual tango as you savor its pages...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 25 Sep 2010
By V. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a photographer and a lover of all things French, so I already knew Carla Coulson's marvelous work. I was thrilled to learn she had written a book. I would have bought it for the photographs alone, but her engaging text adds so much more. Carla has found her way into artists' ateliers and backstage at the Moulin Rouge for a side of Paris most of us will never see. As the icing on the cake artist Hippolyte Romain's delightful watercolors are sprinkled throughout the book. A winning combination in my opinion. This is a book I will read over and over.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stunning 2 Oct 2010
By love france - Published on Amazon.com
This is an absolutely stunning book. Superb photography that shows the true beauty of the city and culture. C'est magnifique!!! If you love Paris you must purchase this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! 16 Nov 2011
By ParisBreakfast - Published on Amazon.com
Fabulous book full of sides of Paris you'll never see, like backstage at La Moulin Rouge or behind the scenes at Fashion Week.
Brilliant concept.
Brilliant execution.
I just wish this book was in paperback...
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous 25 Jan 2011
By Jennifer Ward - Published on Amazon.com
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I won't rehash what previous reviewers have already stated, but believe me, they are all right on the mark. I will add that this is not a definitive guidebook about Paris (there are tons of those out there, if that's what you need). Rather, it is a celebration of the beauty and charm that is Paris. It was one of my more expensive purchases, but worth every cent. Carla's other book, Italian Joy, was fantastic also. After having read both, I know now that I will buy anything with Carla's name on it.
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