In March 31, 1889, the wrought iron lattice tower designed by Gustave Eiffel was opened to the public and has since become the most-visited paid monument in the world. Read more fun facts and see 50 of the best photos of La Tour Eiffel from our community below!
Construction started in 1887; served as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair
Had a permit to stand for 20 years; it was to be dismantled in 1909, when its ownership would revert to the City of Paris
Stands 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about 81-storeys high; varies by 15 cm in height due to temperature
Has 3 accessible levels by stairs or lift, and two restaurants: Le 58 tour Eiffel and Le Jules Verne
Novelist Guy de Maupassant—who claimed to hate the tower—supposedly ate lunch in the Tower’s restaurant every day. When asked why, he answered that it was the one place in Paris where one could not see the structure.
Received its 200,000,000th guest on November 2002
Repainted every seven years to protect it from rust; costs $5,300,000 and uses 50-60 tonnes of paint
Electric bill costs $400,000 per year for 7.5 million kilowatt-hours
Profits approximately $29,000,000 per year
Theoretically, it is no longer legal to publish contemporary photographs of the tower at night without permission in France and some other countries because of the special lighting display installed on the tower in 1989 for its 100th anniversary as it was an “original visual creation” protected by copyright. But French doctrine and jurisprudence traditionally allow pictures incorporating a copyrighted work as long as their presence is incidental or accessory to the main represented subject. Thus, authorities could not claim copyright on photographs or panoramas of Paris incorporating the lit tower.
So fret not, Lomographers, and snap away at the Eiffel Tower!
As a wildlife cameraman and photographer, Ian Llewelyn has worked on a number of television projects. The UK-based lensman breaks free from the strict confines of his profession by engaging in monochrome photography. His personal work is a plethora of abstract and experimental imagery, created in a style distinctly his own. Llewelyn is an ardent user of a Leica Monochrom camera, on which he mounted the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Lens, producing the most imaginative, phantasmic results.
Although its existence has always been known among locals, it was only in 1913 when the rest of the world was introduced to the Inca site of Machu Picchu through an expedition headed by Yale University and professor Hiram Bingham.
Reminiscent of traveling photographers of the 19th century, Giles Clement tours through the country with his assistant, Zeiss (an Irish Terrier), offering everything from portrait sessions to wildly creative photographic projects for magazines and companies. And although his mode of transportation may have evolved with the times, his photographic method and gear have changed very little compared to the photographers of days past. Now, with over 3 years of tintyping experience under his belt and an impressive list of clients, he's carved a name out for himself as an accomplished tintyper and continues to spread his passion for this ages-old technique everywhere he goes.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
Autochrome was one of the first strides toward color photography. The combination of potato starch grains and silver bromide produces a cloudy cast that makes buildings like Villa Bonnier look even more intriguing.
Anna Hollond got her fist camera on her 10th birthday, and she hasn't stopped carrying a camera ever since. About a year ago, she sought to document her memories for her journal but didn't want to do so digitally, and got her first Lomography camera. Next thing she knew, she had a trove of instant cameras, as well as a knack for instant photography.