View Across Paris, 1979

1979 – View across Paris, France, on a hazy summer day, from the Basilica Sacré-Cœur. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

This photo is from my first trip to France. In fact, it was my first conscious trip at all. I was 14 and we (my parents and I) had used the night train to Paris to spend four nights at the Hotel Gerando in the Montmartre quarter.

The photo is really not good: the sky is hazy and it is out of focus, almost everywhere. I guess it was shot with the robust Kodak Retina, but I can’t really say. What makes it special for me is that it is probably one of my first photos that made it to the family archive.

Soo, long story short – a lot of ‘firsts’ happened in that summer, and I love the memories.

(By the way, it did not really help to scan the print in high resolution. It remains perfectly unsharp. Eeek.)

The high resolution image

Capture DateSummer 1979
LocationParis, France
Image Source9 x 13 cm color print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions5939 x 3959 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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