City of Immortals

The Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

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SpecificationsISBN: 978-1-943532-29-2 Size: 6″ x 9″ Portrait Pages: 200pp + folded map Binding: Soft Bound Publication Date: Fall 2019 World Rights: Available

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This first account of a legendary necropolis will delight Francophiles, tourists and armchair travelers, while enriching the experience of taphophiles (cemetery lovers) and aficionados of art and architecture, mystery and romance. Carolyn Campbell’s text and evocative images are complemented by those of renowned landscape photographer Joe Cornish. City of Immortals celebrates the novelty and eccentricity of Père-Lachaise Cemetery against a backdrop of the engrossing story of the history of the site established by Napoleonic decree along with portraits of the last moments of the cultural icons buried within its walls. In addition to several “conversations” with some of the high-profile residents, three guided tours are provided along with an illustrated pull-out map featuring the grave sites of eighty-four architects, artists, writers, musicians, dancers, filmmakers and actors, including Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison of the Doors. Frédéric Chopin, Georges Bizet, Edith Piaf, Maria Callas, Isadora Duncan, Eugène Delacroix, Gertrude Stein, Amedeo Modigliani, Sarah Bernhardt, Simone Signoret, Colette and Marcel Proust.

Carolyn Campbell, author and photographer, was born in Washington, DC, has lived in Paris, and is now a resident of Los Angeles. A summa cum laude graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, she has been working as an arts and communications specialist for over 40 years. She has held executive positions with the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the American Film Institute, and the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, where she was editor of the UCLA Arts magazine for 14 years. She is also a published writer and an exhibited photographer. Her fascination with Père-Lachaise was kindled on a first visit to Paris in the early 1980s. With the support and encouragement of her mentor, John Russell–the late New York Times art critic–she embarked on her research and photo documentation of the cemetery.

Joe Cornish, contributing photographer, is based in the U.K. and has shot travel, cultural, and landscape subjects for thirty-six years. Since his first photographic explorations in Père-Lachaise with Carolyn Campbell in 1982 he has contributed to numerous travel books as well as writing his own on landscape photography. An Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), he is now Chair of the RPS Fellowship Board.

“In City of Immortals, Carolyn Campbell gives readers three books in one; a personal dialogue with the immortals, a scholarly history of funerary architecture and design, and an intimate tour of the world’s most famous cemetery.”

    – Michael Webb, author of more than 20 books on modern architecture and design, including Moving Around: A Lifetime of Wandering.
ISBN

978-1-943532-29-2

Size

6" x 9" Portrait

Pages

200pp + folded map

Binding

Soft Bound

Publication date

Fall 2019

World rights