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We all know that a city is basically a large town, but what is the actual distinction between the two? Many countries make none at all. In the German language for example, there is just one word – Stadt. Historically, at least in England and Wales, a town with a diocesan cathedral is deemed a city. This rule was established in the 1540s when King Henry VIII founded dioceses, a diocese being a district under the pastoral care of a bishop in the Christian Church. There is also the question of how towns and cities became established. Did nomadic hunter-gatherers begin to create settlements with the advent of the Neolithic Revolution and the transition to farming? Or even before this, did the birth of bartering bring people into closer proximity with goods being traded and jobs created. These opposing theories are of little concern to most of us. Of far more concern is today’s view of city life. Some people love it with all it has to offer in terms of culture and entertainment, others put up with it because of their professions, others escape it every evening and at weekends by commuting.

And there are those who have an absolute passion to photograph cityscapes. Cities offer superb subjects for architectural, street and night photography. It is far more than merely concrete, steel and glass, or a skyline at sunset. There is a wealth of subjects to be found amid the structures and textures of a city with the chance of unique shots if you get the light right. And of course taking shots of city people is an art in itself. But take care not to invade privacy and always get permission before taking a photograph in which people can be recognized. If you’re a night owl, night-time photography will offer you a host of opportunities to capture truly dramatic pictures. One thing which is often overlooked in cityscape photography – black and white shots can produce some stunning images, especially at night.

New York
Venetian Hotel Luxor Hotel by night Las Vegas, Nevada Los Angeles, skyscrapers
Downtown Los Angeles Lombard street China Town Paris, France
Paris Arc de Triomphe Paris, Notre Dame Eiffel Tower, Paris, night
Paris by night, Moulin Rouge Capital City of France La Defense Vatican, Rome, Italy
Forum Romanum, Rome, Italy Rome, Colosseum, Italy Rome by night, Colosseum Rome, Italy
Leaning Tower of Pisa Pisa, Italy Venice Italy Hofburg, Vienna, Austria
Rathaus, Vienna Ferries Wheel, Vienna, Austria Vienna, Mozart Monument Vienna, UNO
Steiermark graz photos Graz, Austria Germany, Munich
Austria Hohensalzburg Mirabellgarten  old town 
 Marienplatz, Munich  Neues Rathaus, Munich, Germany Netherland  canal, ships 
city, water  houses  Bern, Capital of Switzerland  Kolinplatz, Zug, Switzerland 
Limmat river General Guisan Quai  Brunau  from Uetliberg
Switzerland, tourist destination Musegg wall, Reuss Lake Geneva Switzerland city