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Paris: Portrait of a City

by Jean Claude Gautrand

Paris: Portrait of a City by Jean Claude Gautrand

About the Book

Paris, Je T'Aime—A photographic tribute to a capital of romance

Described by Goethe as the universal city where every step upon a bridge or a square recalls a great past, Paris is as rich in its two millennia of history as it is in its beauty, its romance, and its art. It s the city of Marcel Proust and Coco Chanel, of Edith Piaf and Jean-Paul Sartre, of Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, of Left Bank cool and the twinkling lights of the Tour Eiffel by night.

It was also on the banks of the Seine that Niépce and Daguerre officially gave birth to the new art of photography, and in this evocative tapestry of images, we celebrate the city s remarkable photographic, as well as cultural, architectural, and civic history. Some 500 pictures bring together past and present, the monumental and the everyday, faces and vistas, as well as the talents of such illustrious photographers as Daguerre, Marville, Atget, Lartigue, Brassaï, Kertész, Ronis, Doisneau, Cartier-Bresson.

Text in English, French, and German

About the Author

Jean Claude Gautrand, born in 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 historian, journalist and critic, with numerous publications. He is the author of the TASCHEN books Paris mon amour (1999), Robert Doisneau (2003), Brassaï (2004), Willy Ronis (2005) and Paris, Portrait of a City (2011).


Five Stars—Typically Taschen (Amazon Customer Jonathan H. Stone) This book is a marvelous overview of art styles, architecture and history of the city of lights. Bindings and paper are all top notch as is expected of Taschen. This is a coffee table treasure to be poured over and savored for years. You'll learn something interesting on just about every page.

Five star reviews for several editions of this book online at Amazon et al.