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The Eiffel Tower
by Lucien Herve (Author), B. Bergdoll (Introduction) "OF THE GREAT twentieth-century photographers who have made us look afresh at the Eiffel Tower, one of modernity's most cliched images, Lucien Herve has remained..." (more)
Key Phrases: Eiffel Tower, Gustave Eiffel, New York
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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 City of Light.
The Eiffel Tower is a pictorial study of the great structure by acclaimed architectural photographer Lucienne Hervé, 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.
About the Author
Lucienne Herv is an architectural photographer whose work has been exhibited and collected worldwide. He lives in Paris. Barry Bergdoll is a Professor of Art History at Columbia University in New York.
Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (January 13, 2003)
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
The Mystery at the Eiffel Tower (Carole Marsh Mysteries)
From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5-Proclaiming to contain real kids in real places, this new series follows the adventures of world travelers Mimi and Papa, along with their grandchildren, Christina and Grant. In Eiffel Tower, the kids find a series of clues that helps them to discover where a stolen statue might be hidden. In Big Ben, the kids try to stop a bombing of the titular London icon by two shaggy-headed, dark-skinned men. Fortunately, by the story's end the two turn out not to be terrorists but just innocent college students making a movie. In both books, the protagonists are befriended by two children native to the area who take them, unaccompanied by any adults, to all the hot tourist destinations in town. Rickety writing and predictable plotting may be the hallmarks of these books, but there's no denying that these mysteries are also chock-full of factual information regarding real places. Nonetheless, libraries may question whether or not they wish to purchase a title that assumes that dark-skinned men are obvious terrorist suspects. Additional purchases at best.-Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library
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Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 129 pages
Publisher: Gallopade International (December 31, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5 x 0.4 inches
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