‘Portrait of a City’ Photo Book Series

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San Francisco photo book

The books in TASCHEN’s Portrait of a City Photo Book series are one part history lesson, one part beautiful photography book. They feature archival images—which in some cases are among the earliest images to exist of the city—as well as works by well known photographers alongside quotes, anecdotes, and stories. Sneak a peak at all 8 books in the series below.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Portrait of a City features photos from the 1880s to the present day, starting with documentation of the city’s humble beginnings as a tiny frontier town.

Los Angeles photo book


The Paris edition of the book features some of the earliest pictures that were ever taken of the city. Featured works are by people like Louis Daguerre and Henry Fox Talbot.

photo book Paris

San Francisco

The San Francisco, Portrait of a City coffee table book features 500 pages of photos from a variety of different archives and collections.

San Francisco photo book



The London edition of Portrait of a City features informative essays alongside archival imagery.

London photo book



Berlin, Portrait of a City showcases imagery starting in the Roaring Twenties. The photo book includes relevant quotes by people ranging from Marlene Dietrich to David Bowie.

Berlin photo book



The Rome edition features beautiful images of both the city’s people and architecture—where “spectacle and the everyday collide around every corner.”

Rome photo book portrait of a city


The Vienna edition visually traces the history of the city, its architecture, and its inhabitants over the last 175 years.

Vienna photo book

New York

The New York version of the photo book series features lively photography by a variety of artists. Featured works by people like Margaret Bourke-White, Berenice Abbott, Ruth Orkin, Allen Ginsberg.

New York photo book portrait of a city

We want them all.

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