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The Glow of Paris - The Bridges of Paris at Night Exhibit Comes to Newport News July 13 - Sept. 30th, 2018

(July 09, 2018)
67 Black & White Photographs in the Ansel Adams Tradition by Award Winning Photographer Gary Zuercher.

Newport New, VA, USA - The Peninsula Fine Art Center will host an exquisite collection of 67 black and white photographs by Gary Zuercher, an award winning photographer and author of The Glow of Paris: The Bridges of Paris at Night.

Zuercher spent five years photographing the 35 bridges over the Seine River at night during the winter months and another year researching the history of the bridges, gathering anecdotes, printing and assembling the prints.

"This exhibition presents a rich tapestry of images that delight and intrigue," says Courtney Gardner, Executive Director of the Peninsula Fine Art Center. "The photographic technique maximizes the warmly luminous highlights and the dramatic shadows evident in these architectural masterpieces."

Gary Zuercher
The Glow of Paris - The Bridges of Paris at Night
Black & White Photographs in the Ansel Adams Tradition: July 13 - Sept. 30, 2018.

Peninsula Fine Art Center
101 Museum Drive
Newport News, Virginia 23606

The book is an eclectic collection of extraordinary gelatin-silver photographic prints of the bridges of Paris - nighttime images that are breathtaking. Accompanied by a fascinating historical portrayal, the book presents a unique and aesthetic vision of Paris because no one else has ever photographed and written about the bridges that cross the Seine in this way.

The Glow of Paris: The Bridges of Paris at Night (ISBN 978-0-9906309-0-6, Marcorp Editions, 2014, 208 pages, $49.95 is available on Amazon and at:

The London Book Festival and The Los Angeles Book Festival proclaimed The Glow of Paris one of the best books in the photography/art category in the 2015 competitions. Independent Publisher Book Awards bestowed a Gold Medal First Place award for Best Non-Fiction in Europe.

Kirkus Reviews called The Glow of Paris one of "Nine Best Books Out This Week." (Jan 20) and further stated: "A superb pictorial evocation of the City of Light, full of dazzling images and intriguing lore."

"For the most part Parisians take these architectural wonders for granted, relying on their functionality to get them where they want to go each day," says author Zuercher. "They don't appreciate the beauty because most don't see the glow of the bridges at night. And most have forgotten that from Julius Caesar to Princess Diana, the bridges of Paris have played an important role in world history."

The fascinating narrative that accompanies the artistic black and white photos includes historical facts and little known tidbits about the bridges, such as:

• The history of these bridges precede the birth of Christ. In 52 BC Julius Caesar conquered Paris; the earliest recorded mention of the bridges is found in Caesar's Gallic War commentaries. Most of the later history evolves from around the time of the Middle Ages and thereafter.

• On the morning of October 3, 1943, an aircraft hit the Pont de Tolbiac Bridge and crashed into the Seine, killing the four Frenchmen on board. The four were members of the Free French Air Force who had flown from an airfield in England to participate in the allied bombing of a power station outside of Paris.

• Bridges constructed prior to the late eighteenth century normally had houses and shops built directly on them. Floods, ice floes, fires, boat collisions, and structural failures frequently destroyed the bridges. The collapsing bridges took the houses and shops down with them, and often their occupants as well. In 1769 Louis XV finally outlawed the construction of houses on the bridges, but it took until 1808 for the last building to be removed.

• The Pont des Arts seems to have the densest proliferation of locks, perhaps because of the French adage that roughly translates as "a lock on the Pont des Arts is your commitment for life and a lock on the Pont de l'Archevêché is your commitment to your lover." It is estimated that more than 250,000 are attached to the Pont des Arts. According to the newspaper Le Figaro, the weight of the locks is 300 kilos per lineal meter. That equals 205,207 pounds, a considerable weight for the bridge to bear. From time to time the guardrail fence starts to fail under the weight and has to be replaced, at which point the locks are simply thrown away.

• Early on, the Pont Neuf was the center of a permanent fair, a meeting point for all the sophisticated as well as the vulgar pleasures of the capital. At any moment you would find street performers-acrobats, fire-eaters, and musicians- charlatans and quacks, as well as hustlers and pickpockets, not to mention a lively trade in prostitution. Among the many businesses were several famous "tooth pullers."

"This information will be of great interest to not only tourists and historians but also to Parisians who have limited knowledge of the 35 bridges in their city and are surprised at the number of islands in the Seine," says Zuercher. "There is a great deal of truth in the words of author Monique Marty who wrote of the bridges - 'They are the extension of the streets, the hyphens between the two river banks. We cross them on foot, by car, by Metro. We see them without looking at them and that's a shame'."

Zuercher, an artist in the darkroom as well as behind the lens, lives half a year in Paris and the other half in Washington, D.C. He develops the film into negatives in Paris and then makes the prints in the D.C. darkroom. Often he would make 20 to 30 prints before coming up with just the right photo for his book. The results of his work prove what was written by Ansel Adams, "The negative is like the score of the music and the print is like the performance."

The stories related to the project are rich enough to fill another book, such as the time he was refused access to a church roof to photograph an aerial shot because he could not be there while the nuns were sleeping. Or when he had to use mountain climbing equipment and the aid of city firefighters to climb to the top of city hall to shoot seven bridges from the air. Or when young thugs threatened him while Zuercher was working at night but were defused when he offered to take their pictures and email it to them.

Limited Edition: Along with a signed copy of the book, a gelatin silver photographic print of the "Seven Bridges" featured on the book's cover, hand made to museum archival standards, will be available in limited quantity, signed by Gary Zuercher, mounted on 16" x 20" acid free mat board and ready for framing. For more information, visit

Media Contact: To arrange an interview with Gary Zuercher contact Scott Lorenz of Westwind Communications Book Marketing at scottlorenz at westwindcos dot com or at 248-705-2214.

What Others Say About The Glow of Paris: The Bridges of Paris at Night

A superb pictorial evocation of the City of Light, full of dazzling images and intriguing lore.
- Kirkus Reviews

Gary Zuercher's approach of depicting Paris bridges at night is a truly unique aesthetic vision of the city. His manipulation of the camera, playing with shadow and light effects, isolates and elevates these important architectural symbols of Paris far beyond their daily, prosaic function.
- Phillip Dennis Cate
Curator Special Exhibits, Musée Montmartre, Paris

With stunning black and white photos in the Ansel Adams tradition and stories about Paris' legendary bridges this is a real Paris book gem.
- Bob Bishop
Editor/Publisher, Paris Voice

This book presents sumptuous photographs of the great bridges of Paris in all their nocturnal splendor, glowing and poetic. You can almost hear the gentle lap of the Seine. A must for collectors of fine photography.
- David M. Seager, Art Director
National Geographic Society. Washington, D.C.

"I found this book totally delightful and a beautiful example of the wedding of fascinating imagery and enlightening text. This book should definitely be a part of the library of any architect, historian or photographer. Simply stunning!"
- Noella Ballenger, Apogee Photo Magazine

Gary Zuercher reveals Paris as few have ever experienced. His luminous black and white photographs define the origin of the Paris' moniker as the City of Light. His subject - the bridges, after dark, glowing in the lights that make the night city live - Paris without people, without semblances of activity... his photographs witness the luminosity of the city.
- Grady Harp
Top 50 Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer

The Glow of Paris is a spectacular collection of photos that creates a new meaning to "Paris, the city of lights." The black and white photos provide an Ansel Adams-esque view of Paris that can't be seen any other way, and brings the attention to the bridges and city structures and not the colors of the city.
- Ross Rojek, Editor-in-Chief
San Francisco Book Review

Through the incredible prism of his lens, Gary Zuercher has captured the beauty of Paris and its exquisite bridges at night through black and white photographs that are works of art in their own right. This book will simply dazzle and delight those who love Paris.
- Carol Cain
Emmy-winning Journalist. CBS-TV and The Detroit Free Press

Providing his readers with illuminating character studies, anecdotes, and facts coupled with magnificent black and white images, Gary Zuercher has, beyond doubt, brilliantly captured the intrinsic nature and indispensable quality of each of the thirty-five historic bridges that cross the Seine in Paris during winter evening hours.
- Norm Goldman, Publisher & Editor of

Waterpark Pioneer, Successful Art Photographer & Historian

Gary Zuercher's career path has been quite different than that of most professional photographers because he has simultaneously combined a highly successful business career with a successful career as a professional photographer.

He is also a commercial, multi-engine, instrument-rated pilot with more than 2,000 hours logged as pilot in command.

For more than thirty years Zuercher provided photography for numerous companies and advertising agencies needing commercial images for publications, advertising, brochures, media, and marketing.

During the same period Zuercher produced 15 company and product promotional films in which he worked as editor or co-editor and as cameraman and/or photographer. While doing this, he successfully founded, built, and developed both the WaveTek group of companies that pioneered the development of the waterpark industry and the Rain Drop Products company.

WaveTek manufactured wave making machinery and waterslides for swimming pools, installing more than 160 wave pools worldwide. After the successful sale of WaveTek, Zuercher founded and built Rain Drop Products Inc., a firm that was one of the originators in the introduction and development of the Sprayground® and water playground concepts into the public recreation marketplace. For his pioneering leadership in wave pools and Spraygrounds, Zuercher was awarded the Industry Leadership Award and was in the inaugural group of inductees into the World Waterpark Association Hall of Fame.

Over a period of five years, Zuercher took his cameras out into the Parisian night to capture stunningly evocative images of the bridges that span the Seine. Using his artistic eye and sophisticated photographic technique, he created these glorious black-and- white photographs, rich with detail and possessing a clear, luminous quality.

No one else has ever photographed all the bridges that cross the Seine in Paris in this way. We don't see crowds of people or heavy traffic. Nothing obscures the beauty and strength of the structures, the romance and symbolism of the bridges. Shooting in black and white allows the details to shine: the architectural elements, artwork, nearby buildings, trees on the riverbanks, and starry lamps casting paths of light across the water.

He divides his time between homes in Paris and Washington, DC with his wife Dominique who is French.

Selections from: The Glow of Paris: The Bridges of Paris at Night

• The most recent change to the Pont National, inaugurated in December 2012, was the expansion of the T3 tramway. The Pont National is the only Paris bridge to carry the T3, a modern tramway system designed to follow the circular route of the Boulevards Marechaux and to accommodate three hundred thousand passengers daily .... Using three 300-ton cranes, the construction of the expansion was accomplished in just one week, with all the work being done at night to avoid interruption of the river traffic.

• Looking across the Pont Charles de Gaulle from the left bank, the clock tower of the Gare de Lyon dominates the line of sight; the clock at the top of the tower is the largest in Paris. The clock, built for the Universal Exposition of 1900, is classified as a Monument Historique.

• The oldest bridge site, however, is where the Pont Notre Dame now stands. Numerous bridges have existed at this site since antiquity. Time after time those bridges were destroyed and subsequently rebuilt. The newest bridge is the Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir, which opened in 2006. For use by pedestrians and bicycles only, the footbridge is the only Paris bridge to be named in honor of a woman.

• The Viaduc has been described as "sonically priceless" because of the unique sound created when the Metro passes. The rail cars create a shrill metal-on-metal screech as they make the turn on the short, tight radius on the right bank. This cacophony has been reduced but not eliminated with the newer rail cars, and is still quite evident on the older cars.

• The most striking feature of the Pont de la Tournelle is the sculpture of Sainte-Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris, that stands on a very simple pylon between the large and small arches on the left bank side. The pylon is 14 meters (46 feet) tall and the statue of Sainte-Geneviève on top is 5.3 meters tall. Paul Landowski (1875-1961), one of the most well-known sculptors of the period, created the sculpture. Three years after finishing the statue of Sainte-Geneviève he completed his most famous work, Christ the Redeemer, which sits atop Corcovado Mountain overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro.

• The oldest Paris bridge-still in its original state-is the Pont Neuf. However, the first Pont Notre Dame was erected before the birth of Christ and is described in writings by Julius Caesar before his death in 44 BC. In one form or another, the Pont Notre Dame has existed here for more than two millennia.

• One of the smallest bridges crossing the Seine, the Pont au Double is also one of the most visited bridges of Paris. It leads directly from the left bank Latin Quarter to the esplanade of Notre Dame on the Île de la Cité, and is visited annually by millions of tourists.

• Many of the Paris bridges were built granting the builder the right to collect tolls for a period of time; in the case of Bercy the allotted period was thirty years, from 1832 to 1862.

• Some people call the Pont des Arts the most romantic spot in Paris. The original design concept was a bridge resembling a suspended garden. It is elevated ten steps above the roadways on each side of the river. This elevation gives one a sense of standing on a balcony with a breathtaking view. Downstream, the right bank presents a full-length view of the Louvre .... It very well may be the most romantic spot in Paris.

• No other bridge in France offers the quality and quantity of art that is found on the Pont Alexandre III.

• The Pont de Grenelle crosses the Île aux Cygnes at the downstream tip of the island. The first bridge, opened in 1827, was a toll bridge. The toll was two centimes for a mule, five centimes per person, and twenty-five centimes for a carriage pulled by two horses.

• On the morning of July 23, 1944 a nineteen year old girl shot and killed a Nazi officer on the pont de Solferino (now the Passerelle Léopold Sédar Senghor). She was captured, tortured and sentenced to death. She escaped death in a prisoner exchange and went on to become a highly regarded journalist and was the subject of a well-known documentary film.

• In 1718 fire destroyed the Petit Pont and all twenty-two buildings on it. A mother had lost her young son to a drowning in the river. She was told that if she placed a lit candle and a piece of bread into a wooden bowl and floated it on the river, it would stop at the location where her son's body could be found. Floating downstream, the candle came to rest against a boat overloaded with hay. The boat caught fire and was carried downstream by the current. It became stuck between the wooden supporting piles of the Petit Pont. The bridge and buildings, also made largely of wood, quickly erupted into a spectacular fire that burned for more than eight hours; the embers smoldered for days.

• An exact replica of the Statue of Liberty, only smaller in size, rests in front of the Pont de Grenelle. The statue was installed facing east, much to the chagrin of the sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi who had wished for it to face west, toward the United States. During the Universal Exhibition of 1937, his wish was posthumously granted when the statue was turned 180 degrees to face west, toward its sibling in the United States.

Media Contact: For a review copy of The Glow of Paris or to arrange an interview with Gary Zuercher contact Scott Lorenz of Westwind Communications Book Marketing at scottlorenz at westwindcos dot com or by phone at 734-667-2090 or by cell at: 248-705-2214 or

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