Centre George Pompidou, Paris, 1988

1988 – Close-up of one of the giant air conditioning tubes that serve the Centre George Pompidou in France. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

After our long trip to Portugal in 1988 we had stopped in Paris, France, to explore the city for a couple of days. Of course, we also had visited the Centre George Pompidou which has been one of the many major attractions of the city since it was inaugurated in 1977.

Its key architectural feature is being an ‘inside-out’ building with its structural system, mechanical systems, and circulation exposed on the exterior of the building. There were giant pipes from the air conditioning on two corners of the building, and when I realized that one of these was illuminated by the afternoon sun, I couldn’t resist to capture this close-up detail.

As you can guess, I like the reduced color set – just the blue from the sky, the beige from the pipe and the grey/black shadows – as well as the nice geometry within the frame. I did a large poster print which had decorated my office for several years.

I still like it.

The high resolution image

Capture DateSummer 1988
LocationParis, France
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceNegative Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6771 x 4487 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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