The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

Book - 2003
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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 Herv, 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.

Publisher: New York : Princeton Architectural Press, c2003.
ISBN: 9781568983721
Characteristics: 87 p. : ill. (mostly plates) ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hervé, Lucien
Bergdoll, Barry


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Jan 23, 2020

At the time of its completion (back in 1889) - The Eiffel Tower (located in Paris, France) was widely regarded as being a magnificent achievement of architecture and construction.

Meticulously designed (for aesthetic effect) by French engineer, Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923) - This massive structure of arcing steel girders was (surprisingly enough) once destined for a date with the wrecker's ball.

In order to get the whole story of the Eiffel Tower (which is now 130 years old) - Be sure to check out this informative pictorial study of this iconic structure which includes excellent photographic images by the highly-respected cameraman, Lucienne Herve.


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