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This paving-stone of a book opens with the evisceration of Paris during the decades it took to build the metro. Anonymous photographers, followed by the likes of Doisneau, Boubat, Lartigue, Izis, Newton, Klein and Meyerowitz, captured this ecosystem that was expanding before people’s very eyes. Fleeting instants, foreign yet strangely familiar, forever frozen. Since 2013, the RATP has been displaying photography in some of its stations. The images in Paris-Métro-Photo immerse readers in a strange yet everyday reality. This heritage, a world apart, demands to be looked at with deferential curiosity.

Par Julien Faure-Conorton.
Actes Sud

Paris Paname

Sébastien Plassard’s sense of humor is never far beneath the surface of his flawless drawings. His images reveal a mischievous vision of Paris. Each place has its page, but two moments in time are shown, with one hidden in a page that unfolds, like a curtain giving a behind-the-scenes glimpse. What does the Mona Lisa look like at 8:59am? Do you ride a Vélib’ the same way during the day as at night? What happens at night in a moonlit Parisian street?

Par Sébastien Plassard
Milan et demi

Paris Dernière

It’s all there. The trusty white Peugeot 404, the leaden, neon-streaked night, the shady, steamy clubs, the patchwork of wanderings, the protagonists of ungodly hours. Under the supervision of the TV show’s founder, Thierry Ardisson, Paris Dernière brings his nocturnal discoveries to life, in a practical guide interpersed with interviews, anecdotes, addresses and memories. The selection is racy, the style well-mannered.

Éditions du Chêne-E/P/A

Le Métro, inconscient urbain

As chance would have it, the reading of this short essay began in a Paris metro car, on line 6. Luka Novak, a Slovenian writer who grew up in Paris, opens his explorations of this underworld with this very line. Drawing on urbanism, philosophy and a trainload of psychoanalysis and humor, he describes what Paris owes to its metro: a language, the abolition of chance, its status as a postmodern city nestling among its offshoots. Don’t miss your stop.

Par Luka Novak
Éditions Léo Scheer

Paris Pop up

On the concourse of the Louvre Pyramid, a favorite game of tourists is to climb onto one of the marble blocks and take a picture that cheats perspective, placing their finger on the tip of the now miniature-looking glass structure. For a graphic designer, being able to hold a monument in your hands is an irresistible dream, one that takes shape here in the delicate paper cutouts of Dominique Ehrhard. The Eiffel Tower, the Sacré Cœur, the Centre Pompidou, Place des Vosgeseight iconic buildings come to life on the maps in this pop-up book. A stroll in 3-D, accompanied by eight short historical texts to guide the walker’s gaze.

Par Dominique Ehrhard et Carole Saturno
Les Grandes Personnes
recreation, visuel


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