Paris is still the capital of romantic city destinations for lovers, young or old. Whether it’s the seductive sound of the French language or Paris’s iconic landscape, this is the city with that essential je ne sais quoi’. The historically beautiful buildings like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre draw in tourists from all over the world and Paris has many places that people on a romantic break can stay. Although, some lovers may feel that they don’t want the standard hotel room and instead want to opt for something slightly different, like a holiday apartment in Paris.
Paris is arguably one of the most photographed city in the world and it even has a public gallery devoted to photography. In addition, every two years there is a month celebrating photography in the city. Exhibits range from historical black and white work through to today’s full colour digital photography.
Anybody who enjoys photography will enjoy the rich culture in Paris and with buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, the Moulin Rouge and the Notre Dame Cathedral, it’s easy to see why Paris attracts so much attention from avid photographers. The architecture is steeped in history and many well-known photographers such as Andre Kertesz, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Eugene Atget are known for their work in Paris. Many museums showcase their photography work in France including the Musee d’Orsay and the Musee Rodin.
Kertesz was known for playing with deep spaces and patterns, and finding a connection of the two in his photography. Henri Cartier-Bresson captured images from around the world including China, Africa and of course, Paris. Atget on the other hand enjoyed taking simple images that had a little mystery to them and was known as a sophisticated photographer.
The Mois de la Photo is due to be presented again in 2014. It features a collection of various art exhibits and while images of the Mona Lisa are synonymous with France, some of the photographs at this exhibition will showcase an entirely different side to art in the city, from old to modern.
The cultural significance of Paris is what appeals most to photographers and the heart and soul of the city can often be seen in the best photos. Paris is a global city, and a sprawling cosmopolitan metropolis. It’s been on the forefront of photographic technology and techniques since the industry was first gaining movement, and the cultural and historical relevance of the city, tied with the beauty of its architecture, and general way of life has led to the close connection to photography.