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Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?

Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? An Artistic Pairing of Two Iconic Cities Nick Lu Eric Firiat Diane Ratican 3

We got a message from local illustrator Nick Lu about a cool project he worked on that compares our city to another beloved city. Working with writer Diane Ratican and illustrator Eric Giriat, the group created the book Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?. It’s a little comparative study for the two, a love story dedicated to two of the world’s most beloved cities. In looking at the work, a funny thing comes up: we have a lot more in common with the French city than we think.

Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? An Artistic Pairing of Two Iconic Cities Nick Lu Eric Firiat Diane Ratican 5

The book takes illustrations from Lu and Giriat and places them against each other, Lu painting Los Angeles and Giriat painting Paris. The pictures make great parallels between the two, making it feel like our city and their city are distant cousins. The aesthetics of Lu and Giriat are very similar as well which is a fun element to add to the mix too.

There are over a hundred forty illustrations in the book, which is a ton, a ton, a ton of work. The photos here are also from Lu, who sent us them via email. You can catch the book available now on Amazon for just twenty bucks. If you have a french connection, you obviously need to grab this.

Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? An Artistic Pairing of Two Iconic Cities Nick Lu Eric Firiat Diane Ratican 4

Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? An Artistic Pairing of Two Iconic Cities Nick Lu Eric Firiat Diane Ratican 2

Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? An Artistic Pairing of Two Iconic Cities Nick Lu Eric Firiat Diane Ratican 6

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