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Eyes on Paris, Paris im Fotobuch, 1890 bis heute
Hans-Michael Koetzle

Hans-Michael Koetzle

Hans-Michael KoetzleEyes on Paris, Paris im Fotobuch, 1890 bis heute
Hans-Michael Koetzle


418 Pages
245 x 305 mm
ISBN 9783777441313


Paris is easily the most photographed city in the world. Especially in the 20th century, the metropolis on the Seine became the starting point for important cycles. Be it that photographers sought confirmation of a myth or critically questioned it. Eyes of Paris shows how important photographers saw and experienced Paris and explored the city with their cameras. Her perspective oscillates between documentary interest and subjective perception, chronicler’s duty and the projection of personal sensitivities. What unites all artists is their affinity for books. No city has been the subject of carefully designed photo books as often as Paris.

Beginning with Eugène Atget, the volume presents the most important photo books related to Paris in chronological order. The spectrum ranges from documentaries of old Paris to the ‘photography humaniste’ of the 1950s to the present with names such as Andreas Gursky and William Eggleston. Each title is presented in detail with a view to its conception and reception. Selected double pages document the special features of the respective book. Eyes of Paris is a history of photography, culture and contemporary history – and takes the reader on a journey to the Seine.

About the Author
Hans-Michael Koetzle is a Munich-based writer, curator, and photo historian.

About the Publisher
Hirmer Publishers are art books Publishers. Founded by Professor Dr. Max Hirmer in 1948, the publishing house has been determined to maintain the highest quality, frequently winning awards for doing just that. Today, Hirmer Publishers with its headquarters in Munich ranks among the most prestigious publishers of art books.

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