Travel & Pictorial

Unexpected Paris: A Contemporary Portrait

This book captures every aspect of Paris and its inhabitants: urban acrobats take to the streets, a sandaled nun crosses the capital on a city bike, extravagant partygoers strike memorable silhouettes during gay pride, children frolic in city fountains on a steamy summer day, and aging friends enjoy an aperitif at Les Deux Magots. The Parisian landscape is illuminated through photographs of the snow-covered Canal Saint-Martin at night, the Ferris wheel at the Place de la Concorde, a balloon launch at the July Column, and a Bastille Day aerial parade of military planes leaving ribbons of blue, white, and red smoke in their wake. Rare glimpses behind the scenes include a table set for intimate dining in the Salon des Ambassadeurs at the presidential Élysée Palace, the empty stage at the Opéra Comique, and a taxidermist at work at the natural history museum. 
From amateur fashionistas strutting their stuff to tourists posing with masterpieces in the Louvre to miniature dogs in miniature coats, this is an authentic portrait of Paris today.

About The Author

Nicolas Guilbert is a French painter, photographer, and graphic designer. His work has been published in Le Monde, Le Nouvel Observateur, Senso, Citizen K, and books devoted to his photography. Antoine de Caunes is a French television and cinema personality. He appeared in the BBC2 television series Rapido, and created Eurotrash with Jean Paul Gaultier for Channel 4. He presented the 38th César Awards. Cécile Guilbert is an author and literary critic who has published several books. She received the Prix Médicis for Warhol Spirit.

  • Publish Date: March 06, 2018
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Photography - Subjects & Themes - Regional
  • Publisher: Flammarion
  • Trim Size: 9-1/2 x 8-3/4
  • Pages: 330
  • US Price: $17.98
  • CDN Price: $24.98
  • ISBN: 978-2-08-020349-6


"A distinctly 'Guilbertian' world, the realm of the off-beat and bizarre, the incongruous, and the unexpected. [Like] Sempe with a dash of Doisneau, Tati, [and] Monty Python [Nicholas Guilbert] has an eye fueled by insatiable curiosity, childlike wonder, gentle indulgence, and amused irony." 
-Antoine de Caunes 

"Paris! Paradise! As bold as the neon sign for a burlesque show at the Moulin Rouge, [this book is] the perfect antidote to the perennially popular, self-depracating Parisian sport of 'Paris bashing.'"
-Cecile Guilbert 

Author Bookshelf: Nicolas Guilbert, Antoine de Caunes, Cecile Guilbert