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Picture Paris
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Picture Paris
Landmarks of a New Generation
Monuments d'une nouvelle génération

Conservation Institute Staff

Getty Conservation Institute
128 pages, 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
9 color and 79 b/w illustrations, 1 color fold-out
ISBN 978-0-89236-503-6
paper, Out of Print  1998

"A worthy endeavor."
Art Newspaper


Paris—one of the most photographed cities in the world—is viewed anew from the eyes of nine local youths who photographed what they consider to be their city's distinctive landmarks. Classic sites such as the Eiffel Tower and the Pyramid at the Louvre are interspersed with personal images, such as a photographer's mother over a traditional French breakfast.

The images, in combination with quotes from the young photographers, evoke ideas that challenge our conventional notions of landmarks and, at the same time, invite us to consider how we are marked by the communities in which we live. The book contains a selection of provocative black-and-white prints culled from hundreds taken during the course of the project, along with short biographies and color images of each of the young photographers.

In 1993, the Getty Conservation Institute launched an international landmarks campaign with an exhibit of images by Los Angeles youths and an accompanying book on their hometown. The success of that undertaking set the tone for the Getty Conservation Institute's landmarks campaign, which included projects in Cape Town, Mumbai (Bombay), and Mexico City.

This title is out of print. Please look for it at your local libraries and/or used bookstores.