Paris: City of Light
by Christopher Thomas and Ira Stehmann

Paris: City of Light is a loving tribute to the French capital’s monuments, architecture and wide spaces. Published by Prestel, the book is edited by Ira Stehmann and features elegant, pared-back photography by Christopher Thomas. Visiting some of Paris’ best-known places in the early hours and late at night, before its denizens and tourists crowd the winding streets and open avenues, Thomas’ photographs present rarely seen vistas of the City of Love. Without human interaction and captured just when fast-paced urban life is temporarily on hold, architecture can be appreciated it is purest form. Houses, squares and avenues take on an eerie appearance, while statues and marble busts seem to pose for their portraits in lieu of real people.

Paris: City of Light is bound in elegant, navy linen and the layout is sparse yet luxurious. Images are reproduced one page at a time, while some panoramas are given their own double spread. The cool stone, photographed in black and white, makes a perfect match for the book’s silky white paper. Images are shown with rough edges, as a reminder of early photography and the physicality of the two dimensional picture. It is the design of the book mirroring Thomas’ photographic style that gives this edition its rare and luxurious quality. The secret key to a dormant city.

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Ile Saint-Louis
‘Paris City of Light’ by Christopher Thomas published by Prestel
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Concierge I and Concierge II
‘Paris City of Light’ by Christopher Thomas published by Prestel
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Quai de Montebello II
‘Paris City of Light’ by Christopher Thomas published by Prestel

PHOTOGRAPHER: HOLLIDAY KEDIK