Paris Photos ~ Paris Walks (First Edition)

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9780615239521: Paris Photos ~ Paris Walks (First Edition)

"Paris Photos/Paris Walks," is a fine-press tri-tone black & white photography book that presents work of the author, his images and maps together in a singular scenic guide through the historic urban terrain of Paris.  It was printed as an edition of 1700 copies, and was awarded the Printer Industry of Minnesota 2008 Star of Excellence Best of Merit for print excellence in books and journals.The book represents an American in love with Paris; with tried and true walking excursions developed over ten years beginning in 1996. This is a portfolio of fine art photographs that capture the essence of one of the most popular destinations for people around the world. The book captures the essence of the city, its people, places and history, through a photographic essay divided among 14 chapters, each featuring a hand-illustrated map and narrative, in both English and French, revealing the well-traveled and lesser-known streets of the city. Each chapter explores familiar sites and uncovers their hidden details for other wanderers, or flaneurs, to discover and enjoy. This will provide a lifetime of enjoyment as a coffee table book and as a portable guide to take with you as you escape to the streets of Paris.

There is something about Paris that inspires artistic expression. It has been photographed countless times; in fact, the city has captivated photographers since the very origin of the medium. In this book, the goal of the photographer was to remain objective about the charm of the streets of Paris. With the philosophy that the photographer must not intervene, but rather document the activity like a casual spectator taking part in what writer Pierre MacOrlan called la fantastique sociale de la rue, or the social activity of the street. This respectful approach guided the photographer and his companion, two fellow flaneurs, whose fascination with Paris is revealed in the pages of "Paris Photos/Paris Walks,". Many images capture spontaneous moments, the souvenirs, or memories of the flaneur at a particular place and time. The fleeting light striking a quintessential French landscape, the illumination of an architectural attraction and the drama unfolding at a busy street cafe are all moments preserved for the reader of "Paris Photos/Paris Walks,".

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Peter O Toole is a photographer and flaneur of Paris. A photographer by vocation, he studied photography and book arts at the University of Minnesota, and has been producing and exhibiting his fine art photography since 1992. He works exclusively with a Leica rangefinder camera; and mattes and frames his work from his studio in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His recent book Paris Walks ~ Paris Photos has been added to the collection at the Walker Art Center library, in Minneapolis.

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The Eiffel Tower walk starts where it is viewed best - from the Place du Trocadéro. This location, also known as the Human Rights Plaza, is centered within the immense winged Palais de Chaillot, and provides a panorama for the awe-inspiring walk you are about to take. As you approach the Eiffel Tower, originally named Tower of 300 Meters, walk toward the statue of Benjamin Franklin. Found in a quiet park named Square Yorktown, the statue conveys French admiration for Franklin, who spent over eight years in Paris enlisting support for the American Revolution. Descend the winding garden paths below the Trocadéro, and the Eiffel Tower becomes larger before your eyes. :: La promenade de la Tour Eiffel commence à la place du Trocadéro, le meilleur point de vue sur la Tour. Cet endroit, aussi appelé Place des Droits de l'Homme, est centré à l'intérieur de l'immense aile du Palais de Chaillot et offre un panorama à la promenade impressionnante que vous êtes sur le point de faire. Alors que vous approchez de la Tour Eiffel, appelée à l'origine la Tour de 300 mètres, promenez-vous autour de la statue de Benjamin Franklin. Abritée dans un parc tranquille nommé square Yorktown, la statue illustre l'admiration des Français à l'égard de M. Franklin qui a passé plus de huit à Paris à gagner des soutiens à la cause de la Révolution américaine. Descendez les allées de jardins sinueuses sous le Trocadéro et la Tour Eiffel s'agrandit sous vos yeux.

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