An Eye Into the Soul of Paris


As Leslie Little, MBA 94, celebrated her 40th birthday in Paris with pain pills, Manhattans, and live piano for company, she swore she would finally act on one of her entrepreneurial ideas if she survived a life-threatening illness.

After six surgeries to treat an infection attacking her immune system, Little did survive. Keeping true to her promise, she went on to create Paris Icons, the first in a series of high-end coffee table books on the world‘s most famous cities. Her vision, she says, is to define the soul of the city through fine art photography.

She seems to be succeeding. Since its June 2008 release, Paris Icons has won three national book awards. Its photographs will appear in the Mumm Napa Valley Gallery in summer 2010, next to none other than Ansel Adams. The book is available at

While Paris is Little’s favorite city, London is calling. She hopes to release her second book in 2012, just in time for the London Olympics.


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