Karl Hab ’24H PARIS’ Art Book Photography France

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The last time we visited Karl Hab he was capturing the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. For his latest book, the French photographer returns to his hometown to document the magic of the City of Light by 24H PARIS.

Once described by Ernest Hemingway as a “moving party,” Paris is a city that stays with you for the rest of your life, he would add. In describing the French capital, Victor Hugo, one of the nation’s most famous writers, said: “Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic. Nothing is more sublime. Although changing enormously from century to century, the charm and confluence of culture that is evident in Paris persists to this day.

“There are no page numbers – only chronological times that indicate when the photo was taken.”

Known for his penchant for aviation, design and fashion photography, Hab’s latest installment captures the elegance of Paris through stark contrasts that reflect his personal views – from streets to wonderful aerial perspectives.

The photographs are presented chronologically over 24 hours with tones and colors that evoke the nuances of the city with a certain richness. There are no page numbers – only chronological times that indicate when the photo was taken. Subtle differences in light and mood reveal that the photos span the seasons.

24H PARIS is 216 pages and includes a preface by Sarah Andelman and Colette Rouseaux. The publication is available for purchase on the photographer’s website for approximately US$61.

Elsewhere in art, Yoshiyuki Okuyama captures the fleeting nature of time in “TOKYO SEQUENCE”.

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