More people visit Paris each year than any other city in the world. It has long been celebrated for its beauty, culture, history and romance—and it has long been an inspiration to photographers. For our Fall Print Offer, our last one before Christmas, we're pleased and proud to offer for sale three original signed prints of the most famous and popular pictures of Paris by Peter Turnley, who has made Paris his subject as much as any photographer of his generation.
Our friend Peter needs no introduction to regular readers of TOP. A leading photojournalist for nearly 40 years, his lengthy c.v. includes 42 Newsweek covers and a feature profile on "60 Minutes," among many other accomplishments and honors.
For two and a half decades, Peter made Paris his base. Between assignments covering news events in hotspots all over the world, he would come home to Paris to recover and relax. There, he would use a Leica loaded with black-and-white film, wandering the byways of Paris and photographing life as he lived it and Paris as he found it. The result is a large body of work in the tradition of Doisneau, Boubat, Ronis, Cartier-Bresson, Izis, and the other great visual chroniclers of Paris. Some of the best of it was collected in Peter's 2000 Abbeville Press book Parisians, for which Robert Doisneau and Edouard Boubat both wrote forewords.
Although priced at less than one-third of their usual cost, these are in every way fine original collector prints. The archival fiber-based silver-gelatin prints will be handmade in Paris by master printer Voja Mitrovic, who for many years was the primary printer for Henri Cartier-Bresson, Josef Koudelka, and a number of other world-renowned photographers. (Peter wrote about Voja here on TOP a few weeks ago). Voja still prints, but only for a small, select group of his friends among the world's most accomplished photographers. He has agreed to make these prints for you as a special favor to Peter.
The prints will be signed on the front by Peter, and on the back by both Peter and Voja.
These are among the best-loved and most popular of the pictures from Parisians. The first is the book's cover; the third a romantic and high-spirited scene of night life in a typical Paris bistro. The second picture is especially remarkable—in poster form, it is an evergreen bestseller, one of the most popular Paris photographs ever. But few people own an original.
For a limited time only (as per our usual practice, TOP will collect orders for only five days—until Friday, the 17th of September) you can purchase any one of these prints for $395, the second for $375, and the third for only $225. The prints are the standard European print size of 30 x 40 centimeters (~12x16 inches) (image area slightly smaller). The usual price for these prints is $1,200 each for 16x20-inch prints, the standard American collector print size.
[Ordering information removed—Sale ended 7:00 p.m. CT 9/17/10. Many thanks to all those who participated!]
Part of the proceeds of this sale help support TOP. We hope you like this, our fourth and final print sale for 2010. Many thanks to all of you reading this for your support of TOP, and my thanks to Peter and Voja as well.
ADDENDUM: Several readers have asked why, if the prints are being made in Paris, the shipping cost is higher to Europe. The reason is that the fulfillment is being done from New York City. Unfortunately, it's not possible for us to deliver to European customers from Europe.
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