Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

A Photographic Survey

Book - 2003
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When it opened in 1889, just a few months before the Exposition Universelle for which it was commissioned, Parisians-from Dumas to de Maupassant-were appalled by the "useless and monstrous" tower Gustave Eiffel had planted in the heart of their beloved city. That enmity, however, was short-lived, and today the Eiffel Tower stands magnificently as one of our most beloved architectural landmarks, a testament to the artistry of 19th-century engineering, and the visual signature of the Cityof Light.

The Eiffel Tower is a pictorial study of the great structure by acclaimed architectural photographer Lucienne Herv, who began photographing the tower in his youth in the 1930s, and continued shooting it until he retired from photography in the 1990s. His ethereal images manage to convey the delicate balance between the tower's elegant ironwork and its sheer physical force. Ranging from pictorial studies of the tower in the Paris landscape to abstract compositions of iron and glass, his photographs are modern masterworks themselves. Architectural historian Barry Bergdoll, one of the preeminent scholars of 19th-century architecture, provides an introduction describing the controversial history of the tower.

Publisher: New York, NY : Princeton Architectural Press : 2003
ISBN: 9781568983721
1568983727
Branch Call Number: 914.436 H445e
Characteristics: 87p illus

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