Paris is, undoubtedly, the most photogenic city in the world. Every nook and corner of the city is worth clicking and it is difficult to prioritize the numerous beautiful locations it boasts of. BLOUIN Culture+Travel has come up with a list the most iconic photographic locations in Paris. These will be the shots that you’ll look back on in years to come and reminisce over.
As you head to the iconic city for Paris Photo 2017, the world's largest international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium, we bring you a list of the city's top places for photography.
1. The Louvre
The central landmark of Paris, the Louvre was built as a fortress in the 12th century. Now the most-visited museum in the world housing over 30,000 objects from history, you could spend all day here taking photos, both interior as well as exterior. Outsides spaces are also perfectly landscaped. The Cour Carree is another excellent photo location within the complex. The square courtyard was completed by King Louis XIV as part of ‘Old Louvre’ and is perfect for composing linear angles.
2. Pont Alexandre III
Pont Alexandre III is the most elaborately-built bridge in the city. The bridge is painted in a pastel blue hue and is decorated with cherubs, grandiose lampposts, and nymphs. Positioning your camera on the left bank of the river with the bridge in the background makes for a beautiful photo.
3. Eiffel Tower from the Place de Trocadéro
If you dream to get a perfect shot of the Eiffel Tower with the Trocadéro Fountains in the background, then head to this square. Being one of the most visited places in the world, Eiffel Tower is flocked by tourists trying to capture that perfectly framed shot, so it is advised to arrive during off-peak hours. Trying reaching as the dawn breaks and you have the chance of having the Eiffel Tower all to yourself and your camera.
4. Notre Dame
One of the most excellent examples of the French Gothic architecture, Notre Dame is an essential photo stop in Paris. The interior is dimly-lit offering shadowed arches, intricate detailing, and patterned flooring. If you arrive early in the day, you will be able to long queues to climb to the top of the cathedral. Climbing the narrow staircase to the top is an experience in itself and once you arrive to the open air walkway circling the tower, you’ll be greeted with views along with Seine River all the way to the Eiffel Tower.
5. Avenue Des Champs-Élysées
Touted as the most famous street in the world, Avenue Des Champs-Élysées is bustling through the day with tourists, shoppers, as well as locals. The best time to photograph this place is the evening once the stores are closed and the streets are comparatively emptier. You’ll be able to capture the beautiful Arc de Triomphe sitting pretty at the top of the street as the traffic lights glow below. In the middle of the road are pedestrian islands so you can stop and take slow motion shots properly.
6. Pont des Arts
Aptly named the bridge of Arts, this bridge links the Louvre museum and the Institut de France. It is also referred to as lover’s bridge due to a recent tradition of sweethearts attaching padlocks to the rails and throwing the key into the Seine as a declaration of love. Sadly this tradition is no more as all of the padlocks have recently been removed. The bridge and its iconic surroundings still provide a wonderful spot for a photo.
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