Paris: A Journey Through Time

Paris A Journey Through Time How would Paris look if images from its glorious past were placed side by side with photographs of the city today In Paris A Journey Through Time Leonard Pitt does just this With a stunning array of

  • Title: Paris: A Journey Through Time
  • Author: Leonard Pitt
  • ISBN: 9781582436227
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Paperback
  • How would Paris look if images from its glorious past were placed side by side with photographs of the city today In Paris A Journey Through Time, Leonard Pitt does just this.With a stunning array of archival and contemporary photos he peels away the many layers of old Paris to document the city s transformation with events such as the demolition of a section of rue BeauHow would Paris look if images from its glorious past were placed side by side with photographs of the city today In Paris A Journey Through Time, Leonard Pitt does just this.With a stunning array of archival and contemporary photos he peels away the many layers of old Paris to document the city s transformation with events such as the demolition of a section of rue Beaubourg in 1975 and its eventual reconstruction into modern condos and a shopping center, or the narrow cobblestoned rue du Four becoming the wide, paved street we know today bustling with automobiles and bicycles Along with these photos from the past and present come detailed maps for walking tours with old schematics and plans for construction that may or may not have been carried out, illustrating the strange ways that a city can develop over hundreds of years.Painstakingly researched, Paris A Journey Through Time is a tour through Paris, seen through the lens of photographers who lived during each golden age of demolition and construction, and compiled into one tremendous account of the true hidden Paris.

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    1. Paris: A Journey Through Time by Leonard Pitt is definitely painstakingly researched and gorgeously illustrated. For me, researching Paris in the 1860s this book is the Holy Grail. I am now a little closer to working out where my character Lena Dubois will live. Definitely the Left Bank and hopefully in the first section covered by the book - Maubert and Saint-Severin. The other sections are Boulevard Saint-Germain and Montagne Saint-Genevieve, From Odeon to Saint Germain-des-Pres, Rue Beaubourg [...]

    2. Really interesting. Though one thing I have to say is that sometimes the comparisons between pictures are a little difficult to comprehend. He provides “red lines” for reference in one photo but it takes a little while sometimes to find it in the other. Regardless, it’s a real eyeopener not only to those that don’t even know the catastrophe that was Les Halles (seriously, what were they thinking?), but people that are a little more knowledgable about Paris renovations may be surprised by [...]

    3. The best thing about this book are the many, many archival pictures, with clear maps - but I still pull out the Michelin Paris Atlas to sort out views. And Google Earth to understand contemporary views. You have to really want to understand how this city has changed over time, and L. Pitt takes you through that.

    4. I loved the old pictures of Paris streets and the now vs. then shots, though I wish there were more text relating to the history of the areas changed and/or demolished. Some explanation of Haussmann and the various renovation plans of Paris would have been helpful.

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