Travel & Pictorial

Paris: From the Air

Combining daring aerial photography with the restricted airspace over Paris provides both breathtaking and unparalleled views.

From sunrise to sunset, Paris is one of the most photographed cities in the world. Shooting with the newest high-resolution medium-format professional cameras while leaning out of helicopters making steep turns with the door off, Milstein captures the highly detailed, iconic, straight-down images that set his work apart.

Milstein's distinctive style--straight down--leads to fresh insights of the urban design of this great city. In a way that is impossible from street level, you can see the old neighborhoods of Montmartre and Montparnasse; iconic historical monuments like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe or the Invalides; and modern Paris like La Défense or the new neighborhoods around the Bibliothèque Nationale. As a bonus, there is a portfolio of images of the gardens and buildings of Louis XIV's great palace, Versailles.

Milstein brings his unique and unmatched aerial vistas of Paris to life--every angle, every moment, every season. This is sure to be treasured by tourists and Parisians alike.

About The Author

Jeffrey Milstein's work has been published in numerous publications, including CNN Money, the Daily Mail, Elle Décor, Esquire, Fortune, Time, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Wired. His work can be seen at LACMA, the Smithsonian Institution, George Eastman House, and the Akron Art Museum. He lives in Woodstock, New York.

  • Publish Date: April 13, 2021
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Photography - Subjects & Themes - Regional
  • Publisher: Welcome Books
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 8-1/2
  • Pages: 208
  • US Price: $25.00
  • CDN Price: $34.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-59962-162-3


“Oh Là Là! Magnifique images! Jeffrey Milstein has many talents. He's an architect. He's a respected photographer who shows work in museums and galleries around the world. And he's a pilot. If ever a book was a perfect symphony of a single person's talents, Paris: From The Air is it. Milstein's eye for structure and his unquestionable knack for capturing the moment reach sumptuous heights in a compendium of some of the most wanderlust-inspiring pictures ever captured of the City of Light.” —FROMMER'S

"...this unparalleled portfolio of Paris inspires tourists and locals alike." —MY FRENCH COUNTRY HOME

Paris like you've probably never seen it before... Paris: From the Air [is] a book of 200 mesmerizing color photographs showcasing the City of Light from angles rarely seen.  Milstein's straight-down shots, a style he's known for, are informed by his background as an architect and graphic designer. ‘We had to work fast, as time and the best light were limited. I get into a kind of zone once I start shooting; everything else falls away and I just move into that moment,’ says Milstein. Viewers may well get into a similar zone poring over his photographs of the orderly streets, monumental squares and hidden courtyards of Paris.” —CNN

“What’s oval, set in a rectangle and surrounded by several concentric circles, with 12 streets emerging like spokes? It’s the Arc de Triomphe, seen directly from above in the new book Paris From the Air. Author Jeffrey Milstein creates his signature geometric photos by shooting straight down from a helicopter, asking the pilot to make tight circles while ‘I lean out as far as I can, hand holding the camera. The door of the helicopter is open or off,’ he writes in the book. The wind from the rotor and G-force from the turns add to the challenges. The photos in the book, taken in spring 2019, capture the Louvre museum and its pyramid-shaped entrance, looking from above like an art deco coaster. The Place de Vosges park in the center of Paris resembles a fancy baseball diamond with trees, while from an angle the Grande Arche, which houses government offices in the La Défense neighborhood, suggests a sugar cube hollowed out by ants. West of Paris, Mr. Milstein flew over the gardens of the former royal residence of Versailles, first created in the 17th century. The straight-down photos here disclose the sweeping patterns of rectangular pools and decorative hedges only suggested at ground level.” —WALL STREET JOURNAL

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