This book showcases a friendly visual match between the two cities, as seen by a Parisian based in New York, with all the details, cliches and contradictions. In this way, Muratyan Vahram, a creative designer in Paris, presents his blog and the series of images in which we can find such tight thematic comparisons between the two cities. Muratyan is able to capture with a few lines and colors, the essential characteristics of places, objects, fashions and attitudes.
Cosmopolitan or Bordeaux? A macaron or a cupcake with extraglassa? A black bob like Amelie or long blond hair like Carrie Bradshaw? No, Paris vs. New York is not a test. Better yet, it is a visual test to determine if you are feeling much more as a New Yorker or as a Parisian. The idea came about a year ago on the web by the brilliant graphic designer Vahram Muratyan. At first, it was just a blog that has raised millions of clicks, and now it became a book. It was even turned into an exhibition in the famous elegant Parisian concept store Colette.
The comparision of the various icons of the two cities and the details that make up their urban identity is explored through subjects as diverse as bread (baguette vs. bagel), the weather and pests (Parisian pigeon vs. New York rat). It presents a particular match which compares the two cities loved by millions of people, through images that characterize them more. It provides a great experience for the lovers of the both cities and illustration amateurs.
Hey fellow lomographer, which one do you like more—New York or Paris? Why not go out and take some half frame shots, maybe with the Diana Mini or LC-Wide, to merge some contradictions or details of your town? Share it with us!
Muratyan Vahram is a teacher in graphic design at the famous ESAG-Penninghen school and worked as a free-lance for clients such as Arte, Chanel and La Galerie de l’Opéra de Paris.