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Paris. Portrait of a City

Clothbound, 6.8 x 9.4 in., 4.30 lb, 432 pages
New edition, only US$ 40
Original edition US$ 70
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The perfect celebration of the beauty, romance, and poetry of Paris, city of Marcel Proust and Coco Chanel, of Impressionism and Surrealism, of Left Bank cool and Right Bank elegance. This photographic portrait features some 300 city pictures alongside an extensive appendix of some 100 books, movies, and records inspired by the city of lights. Featured photographers include Atget, Doisneau, Kertész, and Cartier-Breton.

Customer reviews (4)

Paris, Je t'aime

A photographic tribute to the 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 300 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, and Cartier-Bresson.

With cover art by Robert Nippoldt, this collection is complemented by an extensive appendix of around 100 books, movies, and records inspired by the city of lights.
The editor and author

Jean Claude Gautrand (1932–2019) was one of France’s most distinguished experts on photography. An active photographer since 1960, he also made a name for himself as a historian, journalist, and critic, with numerous publications including his TASCHEN books on Brassaï (2004), Paris. Portrait of a City (2011), Robert Doisneau (2014), and Eugène Atget. Paris (2016).

The illustrator

Robert Nippoldt is a German graphic designer, illustrator, and book artist. He is best known for his award-winning books Gangster, Jazz and Hollywood about America in the 1920s and 1930s. His studio is located at the very hip old depot of Muenster.

Paris. Portrait of a City
Clothbound, 6.8 x 9.4 in., 4.30 lb, 432 pages

Customer reviews (4)

My city

SB, October 27, 2021
Very beautiful photo of the best city in the world

Great book

Max, October 27, 2021
It is a great book with lovely pictures and the perfect gift for a paris lover.

Paris my love

Alicia, October 27, 2021
A great book on Paris to discover

Paris la ville des lumières

Mattéo, November 12, 2021
Paris, une des plus belles capitales. L’arc de triomphe, la Tour Eiffel, le musée du Louvre… tous ces lieux mythiques font le charme de Paris. Au fil des années Paris évolue. Malgré les guerres et parfois les crises Paris à su rester debout. Ce livre est très intéressant pour découvrir un Paris au cours du temps.