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 Niépce 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 recounts the history of the city in photographs ranging from Daguerre’s early incunabula to the most recent images—a span of over a century and a half of transformations. This book brings together the past and the present, the monumental and the everyday, objects and people. Images captured by the most illustrious photographers—Marville, Atget, Lartigue, Brassaï, Doisneau, Cartier-Bresson and many more—but also by many unknown photographers, 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.
About the series: Each compact and dynamic volume in TASCHEN’s Piccolo City series distills the vitality and history of each metropolis into a billet doux packed with 150 photos, informative captions and inspiring quotations.
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).
ISBN 978-3-8365-3217-4 Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
“Photographic journeys through the past and present of some of the world’s most iconic metropolises.”
— Cara (Aer Lingus), Dublin
“A visual hymn to the French capital… The book collects a fascinating set of photographs that capture its shifting face over 150 years of reinvention through revolution, occupation and volcanic artistic expression.”
— Metro, London
“These are cut-downs of the larger versions… but manage to feel uncompromised, satisfying in the hand, still with great vintage photography, lyrical quotes, and captions… It’s uplifting to find books this good at this price.”