Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Passerelle Debilly

Of the thirty-seven bridges that cross the Seine in Paris, three of them are pedestrian bridges called passerelles. Perhaps the most famous of these is the Pont des Arts, which crosses the river between the Institut de France and the Louvre. Another is at Solférino, reconstructed in 1999 and since renamed Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor.

But this one, pictured below, is further downriver, between the Quai Branly and the Avenue de New York. It's the Passerelle Debilly, named for a general who died in the battle of Iéna in 1806.

Looking toward the right bank and the Avenue de New York.

The bridge was built for the Universal Exposition of 1900 and has since seen a few upgrades, the latest of which was in 1997.

The main reason I originally "rejected" this photo was because my aim was bad and the image leaned embarrassingly to the left. Now, with Photoshop, that problem is easily corrected!

This is part of a series of color slides that I took in Paris in the late 1980s. They are images that I didn't like much back then for one reason or another. I'm using Photoshop to try to give them a new life.


  1. Enjoying your refurbished shots. It's wonderful what you can do with PhotoShop. It must be like revisting old friends you hadn't seen in a while.


  2. I have walked across this bridge a couple of times and it always reminds me of the Sydney Harbour Bridge!

  3. susan, exactly!

    lady jicky, I can see the resemblance. When was the SHB built (I know, I can look it up mself)?


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