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The Eiffel Tower Photographs by Lucien Herve

Herve, Lucien

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ISBN 10: 1568983727 / ISBN 13: 9781568983721
Published by Princeton Architectural Press, New York, 2003
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Review copy with slip laid in. 91/2 tall X 5 7/8". 96 pages. Silver cloth in DJ. Intro by Barry Bergdoll. B&W photos. Photographic studies of the great tower by the architectural photographer Herve. The photos were taken by Herve from 1938 to 1990's. Herve trained as an artist in Vienna and moved to Paris in 1929. He escaped from a German prison camp and fought with the French Resistance in WWII and became an architectural photographer after the war. He was still living in Paris when this was published. Bookseller Inventory # 1559

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Title: The Eiffel Tower Photographs by Lucien Herve

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press, New York

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Edition: First edition.

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When it opened in 1889, just a few months before the Exposition Universelle for which it was commissioned, Parisians-from Dumas to de Maupassant-were appalled by the "useless and monstrous" tower Gustave Eiffel had planted in the heart of their beloved city. That enmity, however, was short-lived, and today the Eiffel Tower stands magnificently as one of our most beloved architectural landmarks, a testament to the artistry of 19th-century engineering, and the visual signature of the City of Light.

The Eiffel Tower is a pictorial study of the great structure by acclaimed architectural photographer Lucienne Hervé, who began photographing the tower in his youth in the 1930s, and continued shooting it until he retired from photography in the 1990s. His ethereal images manage to convey the delicate balance between the tower's elegant ironwork and its sheer physical force. Ranging from pictorial studies of the tower in the Paris landscape to abstract compositions of iron and glass, his photographs are modern masterworks themselves. Architectural historian Barry Bergdoll, one of the preeminent scholars of 19th-century architecture, provides an introduction describing the controversial history of the tower.

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Lucienne Herv is an architectural photographer whose work has been exhibited and collected worldwide. He lives in Paris.

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