Photographer's Note

Eiffel Tower, 7th arrondissement, Paris.

What to say about this most photographed of structures? Well I learned that it was initially designed by Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier, two senior engineers at the Compagnie des Établissements Eiffel. I'd always believed Gustave Eiffel himself had designed it; he was in fact the boss of the company, and was initially unenthusiastic until Stephen Sauvestre, the head of the architectural department at the company, was drafted in to add embellishments. He added the decorative arches to the base, a glass pavilion to the first level and the cupola at the top. The enhanced idea gained Eiffel's support for the project, and he bought the rights to the patent on the design which Koechlin, Nougier and Sauvestre had taken out. The rest is history, as they say.

I'd like to add that I was with my son during this photo-shoot, who showed admirable restraint for a 16 year-old during the protracted fiddling about with positioning, tripod, and so on!

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