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Walks Through Lost Paris

A Journey Into the Heart of Historic Paris

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May 24, 2006 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.2, 192 Pages | ISBN 9781593761035
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“Pitt knows old Paris beautifully. He does more than simply line up old photos of the city like an arrangement of fruit on a stand. He explains, he pinpoints, he dismantles and compares.” —Alexandre Gady, French art historian 

Walks Through Lost Paris chronicles Paris’s great periods of urban reconstruction through four enlightening walking tours. Detailed maps lead the traveler on an itinerary to the perspectives of the photographers and artists who captured Paris through with their lenses and pens decades ago. In full-color, hundreds of photos, diagrams, and engravings further bring to life the massive transformation that resulted in the Paris we know today.

When he discovered that the city he lived in for many years was actually a city rebuilt during the mid-1800s, Leonard Pitt plunged head first into Paris’s history, and began photographing what he learned had changed. Eventually, he lead tours and gave lectures on the demolition and reconstruction that changed Paris forever. With a special focus on the work of Georges-Eugene Haussmann, each site is provided a history along with the motives behind the urban redesign and the reactions of Parisians who witnessed it. Comparing today’s Paris with images of a Paris that no longer exists, the traveler can experience first hand the dramatic evolution and discover the impact of succeeding generations.

This book is for the Francophile, travel-minded, history buff, architecturally-curious-or anyone interested in learning about one of the world’s great cities.

LEONARD PITT left a career in advertising in 1964 to study mime in Paris with Etienne Decroux. In 1970 he returned to the U.S and for 18 years directed a school of physical theater, attracting students from around the world. He has performed and taught throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He lives in Berkeley, CA.

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“Pitt knows old Paris beautifully. He does more than simply line up old photos of the city like an arrangement of fruit on a stand. He explains, he pinpoints, he dismantles and compares.” —Alexandre Gady, French art historian

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