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A Journey Through Time

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November 9, 2010 | Paperback |  6.8 x 8.3, 224 Pages | ISBN 9781582436227
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“This American friend knows Paris like the back of his hand and illustrates clearly what the serious stroller would have a hard time deciphering on his own—the history that runs beneath today’s buildings.” —Le Nouvel Observateur

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 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.

LEONARD PITT is an actor and author. He has written two books on Paris, Walks Through Lost Paris and Paris Postcards: The Golden Age, plus A Small Moment of Great Illumination. He currently codirects The Flying Actor Studio, a conservatory for the study of physical theater located in San Francisco. He has performed and taught around the world and lives in Berkeley, California.

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