Paris has always enjoyed a reputation as a city at the forefront of architecture and urban planning. Its faubourgs and its boulevards, its palaces and hotels, its towers and arches and its notorious glass pyramid, are the public face of what is perhaps the most imposing city in the world. Over the decades, photographers and artists have amassed hundreds of images of the city and its buildings. Matthew Weinreb's photography, however, provides a refreshingly different approach, throwing a new and startling light on even the most familiar sites. Through elaborate sequences, astonishing angles and intriguing details, this volume is a powerful celebration of the buildings and their features, punctuated by Fiona Biddulph's anecdotal essays on 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.From the Publisher:
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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Descripción Phaidon Press, 1994. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0714831565
Descripción Phaidon Press, 1994. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0714831565
Descripción Phaidon Press, 1994. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110714831565