Christopher brings to Paris his unique style of city portraiture with these captivating, atmospheric images, originally established with New York Sleeps (2009) and Münchner Elegien (Munich Elegies, 2001–2005). He transports us to a silent city, devoid of human presence, which could remind us of photographs from the 19th century, when the photographic image was not fast enough to capture the quickening pace of human activity. This collection of images contains views of Notre Dame, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.
Armed with a compass, azimuth and sun chart, pen and notebook, Thomas would roam the city at dawn and at night to find the view he wanted to capture. The photographic material he uses – most of which is no longer produced today – ensures that the images are rich in detail. Thomas’ own eye, sensitivity and technical skill enabled pictures to emerge that return the city to its historical roots, with a sense of mystery.
“I would apply a sort of X-ray vision, to see past the constant throbbing of life and shine a light not only on the skeletal frame, but also on the heart and soul of Paris. I hope that the essence of the city, which is pushed so far into the background in the millions of snapshots taken every day, becomes visible and tangible in this book.” – Christopher Thomas, Paris: City of Light, 2014