Paris, with its wide avenues and neo-classical
façades, stands today as a leading business and
cultural centre, its influence on design, media,
fashion, science and the arts all contributing to its
status as one of the world’s major cities.
Its buildings, from the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower,
Notre Dame to the Arc de Triomphe, Sacre-
Coeur to the Madeleine, are among the most
iconic on the planet. And yet familiar as they are
in daylight, at night they take on a different and at
times wholly unexpected character. Rivers of
light pour from their doorways, cascades of
colour tumble from their windows, boulevards
are transformed into shining seas of movement.
Facets of the city which are obscure in the
daytime gain a pin-sharp brightness after dark.
And a city renowned for being the ‘City of Love’
becomes even more romantic bathed in the glow
of a million man-made stars.
Shot in stupendous panoramic format, awardwinning
photographer Peter Hendrie has
captured a glorious vision of this diamond of
cities, shining with a unique brilliance. He reveals
aspects of Paris too often hidden in the light of
common day and shows that what can be overlooked
before twilight gains a staggering beauty
after dark.The City of Lights truly illuminated.
Peter Hendrie has worked in the hospitality
industry for nearly thirty years,
but has pursued a twin-track
career as a photographer of international
reputation and the author of three
previous books. In 2006 he won the
Iconic Category in the prestiogious
Travel Photographer of the Year
competition, with a selection of images
of Paris at night.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 793 2, hardback, 225x302mm, 144 pages. Published October 209.