Title: Paris in Color
Author: Nichole Robertson
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Date of Publication: 2012
Brief Overview: (from Goodreads)
Take a journey through the world’s most romantic city, traveling from color to magnificent color with this beguiling book. An orange café chair, bright blue bicycles against a fence, a weathered white door—Nichole Robertson’s sumptuous photographs of the distinctive details of Paris, all arranged by color, evoke a sense of serendipitous discovery and celebrate the city as never before. At once a work of art and a window into the heart of the city, Paris in Color will surprise and delight those who love art, design, color, and, of course, Paris!
Brief Review: I first noticed this book while holiday shopping at Anthropologie, and after a brief review I knew I had to own it. There is so much goodness in this one small volume.
As a lover of anything Parisian, this book is a necessity. Each photograph, whether an iconic landmark, a cafe chair, a simple meal, street art, street signs or anything else…. is a visual reminder of the beauty and elegance of Paris. If I long to return to the City of Lights but have not the time nor the funds… this book is all I need to reconnect.
As a budding photographer, this book is an excellent resource for composition. The unique angles, focal points and crop techniques are not only a pleasure to view, but also an instruction manual for how to tell a visual story. In fact many of the photographs invite me to come in and share my own narrative. I love that kind of personal connection.
As a rather legalistic, black-or-white thinker, I love anything having to do with color. This unique way to organize a photo collection of Paris is right up my alley. In fact, it has inspired me to reinvent the way I display my own photos. I typically showcase pictures in chronological order – but there are so many other ways to categorize images. I now have great plans to keyword my pictures in Lightroom so that one day I can create personal photo books according to color – or subject – or theme. In fact, there is really no limit to the creativity.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
This post is a part of the Paris in July challenge.
Interestingly, one of the hosts of this event is the author of this fabulous book. In reviewing her website I learned another book, The Paris Journal, has just been released. I have a feeling I will need to add this one to my collection as well.