Erieta Attali: Windows into the Empty Streets of Paris

POSTED ON: March 23, 2020

Erieta Attali, 2020

Erieta Attali, 2020

School of Architecture faculty member and photographer Erieta Attali has found a new way to read the city of Paris, almost entirely without its residents. Using the camera on her phone, Attali has captured the architecture of this great city through daytime and nighttime documentation, producing images that are both hauntingly beautiful and emblematic of the current global COVID-19 pandemic. This body of work illustrates how we can continue to harness our creative talents and carry on with our work at a time of great uncertainty. To view Attali’s photographs, visit ArchDaily’s coverage of her work here.


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