Beyond the Eiffel Tower: Stunning New Coffee-Table Book Captures Intimate
Views of the City of Light
In Paris, a bridge is not just for getting from one place to another. Thirty-seven bridges cross the Seine River, collectively weaving a unique and remarkable tale of the city’s history. Photojournalist Michael Saint James has cast new illumination on this city in his new large-format photography book, Bridges of Paris, which boasts over 350 original images of Paris and the bridges that lay at its heart. The book features glorious portraits of each bridge as well as intimate riverside moments. Once you’ve experienced this revelatory river tour, you will never see Paris the same way again.
“Bridges of Paris is a kaleidoscopic collage that shifts focus from the monumental to the minutia that make up the quotidienne, (daily life) of the beloved French capital,” says Saint James.
Interesting themes explored within Bridges of Paris include:
– Paris bridges as destinations – each bridge has story…which is your favorite?
– The history of Paris as told by the bridges – a new compelling way to discover French history
– Experiencing a ‘Parisian State of Mind’: go beyond the monuments and tourist sites
– How many of our US cultural elements stem from French culture
– The joy of human differences and how bridges help connect diverse communities on either side of the river
“My passion for Paris and my art compelled me to spend a full year living in the city. I was able to develop an intimate relationship with the culture, people and bridges that Paris has to offer,” adds Saint James. “I hope my book helps people experience a new culture with an open mind.”
About the Author:
Michael Saint James’ artistic pursuits include award-winning book design, film editing, and sound recording, as well as his first love, photography. Saint James is a world traveler, having visited more than 50 countries – doing everything from photographing penguins in Antarctica to trekking the Himalayas. As an educator with California teaching credentials, he has taught media production and technology arts as well as photography, art history and visual storytelling. He is an expert speaker on Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Indeed, he walked in Vincent Van Gogh’s footsteps through the Netherlands, Belgium, and France in order to immerse himself in that troubled master’s vision. The father of two grown children, Saint James once owned a café in Berkeley, California. He has bicycled from Las Vegas to Washington, D.C. and is rumored to play a mean blues harmonica.