Matthew Weinreb Paris: Portrait of a City

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Paris: Portrait of a City

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Over the centuries, Paris has enjoyed a reputation as a city at the forefront of architecture and urban planning. Its grand boulevards and parks, its classical proportions, its towers and palaces imprint themselves on the memories of the many visitors to this most imposing of cities. Prize-winning photographer Matthew Weinreb turns his expert eye to the rich facades of the French capital, throwing a new and startling light on even the most familiar sites. Like his highly individual portrait of London, this visual essay revisits the monuments and icons, and elevates the everyday images of the city. Issued in a miniature pocket-sized format, and at an incredible price, Paris: Portrait of a City is a powerful celebration of the buildings and their features, punctuated by anecdotal essays about centuries of Parisian architectural history.

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There's a magnificent colored glass skylight pictured on a double spread in this book that was photographed not in a cathedral but a department store. On the very next page is the highly distinctive tower of a steam laundry. Such is Weinreb's uncanny eye -- and lens -- for the details that escape most people. The boulevards, bridges, palaces and archways that Parisians prize are here, but so are the weird and wonderful things they often take for granted about their great city, like the skull with bat's wings that sits on the corner of a tomb in the Pere-Lachaise cemetery. Weinreb has special fondness for the many gargoyles that decorate the keystones of arches.

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Composed of a sequence of images punctuated by a series of essays which explore Paris through its architectural features and materials, this book focuses on both famous landmarks and lesser-known, anonymous buildings.

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