Centre Georges Pompidou

Centre Georges Pompidou

Photo Spot Summary

Country: France

Category: Architecture

City: Paris

GPS Latitude: 48.860641

GPS Longitude: 2.352245


Center Georges Pompidou is situated in the northwest corner of the 4th arrondissement of Paris. The nearest metro stop is Rambuteau on line 11.

Photo Spot Details

Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France, houses the Public Information Library and National Museum of Modern Art. Without even paying the admission fee to enter though, the building’s unique exterior could keep the contemporary abstract photographer occupied for hours. With its colorful exposed pipes, crisscrossing beams, and exterior escalators, there are endless opportunities for fun frames and compositions. Not into modern architecture? The area around the Pompidou Center is great for street photography too. There’s an open space in front of the museum where visitors often gather to watch street performers and the neighborhood is known for its cute streets, old buildings, cafés, and shops.

Exterior stairs on the Pompidou Centre
NIKON D600 + 24-120mm f/4 @ 65mm, ISO 2500, 1/125, f/11.0

Travel and Gear Tips

  1. Anytime is a good time to visit; the Center is open from 11am to 10pm.
  2. A normal zoom lens (24-70mm) or moderate telephoto (70-200mm) should be sufficient to capture details of the building’s exterior. It’s a tall building, so a tilt-shift lens could be useful if you have one.
  3. The rear of the building has all the fun colorful pipes!
  4. The 4th arrondissement also includes Île de la Cité (including Notre-Dame de Paris) as well Île Saint-Louis. The walk from Centre Georges Pompidou to Notre-Dame would be great for Parisian street photography.

About Jason Waltman

Jason Waltman is a technical artist, software developer, and avid photographer. He loves to travel the world in search of inspiring things to see and tasty things to eat. See more of his travel and food photography at jasonwaltman.com.


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John Varley

Hello Jason,
I would like to use your photo of the Pompidou Center for an article I am writing for a trade magazine, Engineered Systems. Its subject is elegance in system design and your photo is a great representation of it. Would that be possible? Of course, we would provide credit to you.


John Varley

Jason Waltman

Hi John,

I’m happy you like the photos! Licenses for these images are available here on Getty Images here:



Jason Waltman

I’m happy you like the images, John! Both are available to license on Getty Images.

Search for:
“Pompidou Pipes Waltman”
“Crossing Stairs Waltman”
to find them on the Getty website.

Best of luck with your article!