Review: Bridges of Paris by Michael Saint James & Giveaway

Bridges of Paris by Michael Saint James

Citron Bay Press, May 2015

(Enter Contest Below: Win one of 15 print copies of Bridges of Paris. (Open Internationally) Ends May 16)

Description (from amazon.com)

Bridges of Paris is a large-format photography book with over 350 original color images which casts new illumination on the City of Light. The 37 bridges over the Seine River emerge as beautiful, historic destinations rather than unnoticed thoroughfares. The book features stunning portraits of each bridge as well as intimate riverside moments. Once you’ve experienced this river tour, you will never see Paris the same way again. Living as a Parisian for a year, author Michael Saint James left his American lifestyle and spent his days and nights capturing images from over, on, beside and under the bridges of Paris. With over 30 years experience as a photographer, educator and world traveler, Michael immersed himself in French culture to search out his authentic artist self. The result is a visual treasure to share with everyone.

My Review (5 Stars: Loved it!)

I am very happy to have this amazing hardcover book, Bridges of Paris by Michael Saint James for review and to offer a giveaway contest (via iRead Book Tours).  This is a beautiful, large ( 14″ x 9.5″, 280 page) color photographic collection featuring the 37 bridges that cross the Seine River in Paris.  An integral part of these photographs are the surrounding landscapes, tourists and Parisians.

During his one year sojourn to Paris, author, Michael Saint James, captures multiple images of each bridge along with life in Paris.  As Parisian culture is enchanting, so is this book.

Each bridge has a page or two with interesting descriptions about the bridge, it’s history & geography and a helpful aerial map showing location.

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Image from amazon.com

I’ve never been to Paris, but feel this book gives a true sense of beauty and life in the city.  Each bridge is featured with multiple color photographs over several pages, so you see multiple view points.  Most of the photos are on full sized pages, which are stunning.  (Below are two examples.)

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Pont Debilly (Image from the author’s website.)
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Pont Notre-Dame (Image from the author’s website.)

Bridges of Paris is divided into four sections, Island Bridges, Palace Bridges, Downriver Bridges and Upriver Bridges.  This gives a good sense of the geography.  I had no idea there were so many bridges.

This list that I’ve created is not all inclusive, but if you are interested in any of these categories, this book is for you.

  • Paris
  • Architecture
  • Bridge Design & Construction
  • Photography
  • Art
  • History
  • Geography
  • Travel
  • Education
  • People
  • Parisian Culture
  • Research
  • France

Bridges of Paris would also be an excellent gift or coffee table book.

Click here for a link to the book trailer.

Below, from the author’s website, are links to some (not all) additional images.

I would like to thank the author, Michael Saint James, iRead Book Tours and the publisher Citron Bay Press for providing me with Bridges of Paris, free of charge, for review.

Giveaway (Prizes)

Win one of 15 print copies of Bridges of Paris. (Open Internationally) Ends May 16 ~ Good Luck!

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Links to 37 featured bridges (from the author’s website)

Which Bridge is Your Favorite? “Paris has over 350 bridges, just 37 cross the Seine River. Each of these bridges represents a joining place between two unique neighborhoods. Each has a special beauty. Each has its place in history. Experience the bridges of Paris as destinations rather than unnoticed thoroughfares. Find your own favorite bridge. Take the time to let it reveal its beauty to you. You’ll never see Paris the same again.”

Island Bridges

Palace Bridges

 Downriver Bridges

Upriver Bridges

About the author (from iRead Book Tours)

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Michael Saint James’ artistic pursuits include award-winning book design, film editing, and sound recording, as well as his first love, photography. Saint James is a world traveler, having visited more than 50 countries – doing everything from photographing penguins in Antarctica to trekking the Himalayas.As an educator with California teaching credentials, he has taught media production and technology arts as well as photography, art history and visual storytelling. He is an expert speaker on Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Indeed, he walked in Vincent Van Gogh’s footsteps through the Netherlands, Belgium, and France in order to immerse himself in that troubled master’s vision.The father of two grown children, Saint James once owned a café in Berkeley, California. He has bicycled from Las Vegas to Washington, D.C. and is rumored to play a mean blues harmonica.

Connect with Michael:  Website

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book (ARC), Bridges of Paris by Michael Saint James, free from publisher, Citron Bay Press and iReadBookTours.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
If you would like to read more about Bridges of Paris, click here for a list of other tour stops.

10 thoughts on “Review: Bridges of Paris by Michael Saint James & Giveaway”

  1. Thank you for hosting this terrific giveaway, Pat. I will add it to my blog’s sidebar. The bridge photos are fantastic!

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  2. My son is going to Europe this summer for schooling and internship (Vienna, Austria & Galway, Ireland). He is the first of our extended family to go overseas and we are beyond excited to hear, and see photos, of his trip.

    Our family does like to watch travel shows on tv, such as Rick Steves show, so I would love to win a copy of this book to sit down with my son and drool over the beautiful photos of one of the countries on my bucket list to visit 🙂 Thanks, Pat!

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  3. The pictures are gorgeous. I love bridges and some of them are so stunning. Thank you for sharing your review, this would make a lovely addition to any coffee table.

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  4. I would love to own this book to use with my students’ European Geography project, as well as to read and enjoy myself! I will probably never get to visit Paris, so this will be like a mini trip.

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  5. besides the photos, I’d love to win this book and dream of Paris with the authentic photos that are REAL. Our daughter is marrying and moving to London this fall, I’ve yet to fly overseas and dream of visits that will allow me to travel to all the historical sights in these amazing cities. This book would be a great tool and allowing me to do so. Thank you for this amazing chance to participate

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  6. Hallo, Hallo! 🙂

    I’m a fellow book blogger with iRead and I remember wanting to check out this tour because I *love!* photography first and foremost, but I always loved *bridges!* They are little untold stories waiting to be painted to life by an artist or a writer, as they are passageways set to aide us on our journey whenever our path crosses their path. Bridges make me smile and wicked smashing photography by photographers who know how to capture an image is pure joy. I’d appreciate winning this book to breathe in the work of the artist who took the pictures and gave back such a lovely collection of images! I love how you get to visually experience Paris w/o having to cross the Pond — the history of the ‘place’ and ‘setting’ of the photographs is spilt onto the pages, and gives a nice grounding of ‘where’ the photographer travelled. It’s wicked to be able to travel through a portal of still imagery and yet feel as moved as if we ‘walked through a window with our own feet’ landing on the ground just outside the frame of the photograph.

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