With An Eye And A Lens On Paris
“Henri Cartier-Bresson, who used his tiny, hand-held 35-millimeter Leica camera to bear humane witness to many of the 20th century’s biggest events, from the Spanish Civil War to the German occupation of France to the partition of India to the Chinese revolution to the French student uprisings of 1968, died on Tuesday at his home in Southwest France. He was 95.” New York Times, August 4, 2004, By Michael Kimmelman
Before I stepped foot on Paris soil for the first time, the preconceived notions I had about Paris and France came from the images I had been exposed to that had made an impact on me. Those images were photographs taken by some of the world’s most renowned masters of the lens — the Atgets, Doisneaus, Boubats, Brassaïs, Lartigues and Cartier-Bressons who captured France in “the decisive moment,” the term that has come to be associated with Cartier-Bresson.
There may be no place on earth more photographed than Paris. She’s the most visited place on the planet, so it falls in reason she should be the most caught in eternity by every visitor’s digital camera, not to mention those who have turned the craft of photography into an art form. I still carry my camera everywhere I go, and don’t give a hoot that I might look like a tourist. There is simply something worth recording at almost every turn.
I am forever indebted to those who had the insight and talent to transmit what they saw as Paris to those of us who hadn’t set eyes on her before — so we could dream of seeing her for ourselves…then later tasting her buttery flavors, feeling her cool mists, smelling her warm aromas, hearing her romantic sounds…and living in the shadows of her beautifully harmonious architecture.
Today, in memory of Henri Cartier-Bresson, I offer you properties in Paris where you can hang your hat backdropped by the scenes most caught on film by some of the world’s greatest photographers.
A la prochaine…
Editor, Parler Paris
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P.S. We’ve added some new and fabulous short-term rentals to the roster, so be sure to make your next stay in Paris more like home by renting an apartment, instead of staying in the cramped space of a hotel — Visit /parlerparis/apartments and… my own apartment is available for rent September 4 – 14 while I’m in Washington, DC for the Living and Investing in France Conference. Write me for more information at: [email protected]
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ILE SAINT LOUIS PENTHOUSE, 4TH
Four-room duplex of 165 m² on the Ile Saint-Louis on the last floor of at 17th century building of good standing, balconies and unobstructed views of paris.
Asking Price: 1,829,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee
PLACE DES VICTOIRES, 2ND
Five-room 135 m² apartment on Place des Victoires in a beautiful pierre de taille building of good standing on the 3rd floor with an elevator, a large marble entry, salon and dining room with parquet flooring, three bedrooms, bath, toilet, kitchen and the possibility of another bedroom.
Asking Price: 820,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee
QUAI DE SEINE, 4TH
Five-room 150 m² magnificent apartment on the Quai de Seine in a classified building. Double reception, spacious library, two bedrooms with the possibility of three, wood beams, fireplace, parquet flooring, cellar, service.
Asking Price: 2,750,000 Euros + 2%
VIEW OF NOTRE DAME, 5TH
Five-room 115 m² apartment two steps from the Quai de Seine with a view of Notre Dame, sunny, double salon, parquet flooring, fireplaces, needs work.
Asking Price: 770,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee
VIEW OF THE EIFFEL TOWER ON THE CHAMP DE MARS
Six-room 210 m² apartment directly on the Champ de Mars with four bedrooms, four baths, balcony, parking and exceptional views.
Asking Price: 2,500,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee