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A city built on two millennia of history, Paris is entering the third
century of its love story with photography. It was on the banks of the
Seine that Niépce and Daguerre officially gave birth to this new art
that has flourished ever since, developing a distinctive language and
becoming a vital tool of knowledge.

Paris, Portrait of a City leads us through what Goethe described as a
"universal city where every step upon a bridge or a square recalls a
great past, where a fragment of history is unrolled at the corner of
every street". The history of Paris is recounted in photographs
ranging from Daguerre's early incunabula to the most recent images -
an almost complete record of over a century and a half of
transformations and a vast panorama spanning more than 600 pages and
500 photographs. This book brings together the past and the present,
the monumental and the everyday, objects and people. Images captured
by the most illustrious photographers - Daguerre, Marville, Atget,
Lartigue, Brassaï, Kertész, Ronis, Doisneau, Cartier-Bresson and many
more - but also by many unknown photographers, attempt to bottle just
a little of that "Parisian air", something of that particular poetry
given out by the stones and inhabitants of a constantly changing city
that has inspired untold numbers of writers and artists over the
ages.

Presenting an exciting patchwork of images from past and present,
Paris, Portrait of a City is a huge and unique photographic study
that, in a way, is the true family album of all Parisians. It is to
them, and to all lovers of this capital city, that this vibrant,
loving and tender testimony is dedicated.

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