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Even Parisians sometimes leave the capital, and this new section of Paris en Images invites you to follow suit.In the 19th century, recreational travel was first the privilege of the nobility, then of the bourgeoisie, following the example of the British and their Grand Tour.For leisure, business, or health, to winter sports or sunny shores, travel occasions diversified following the development of transports.In France in 1936, the first paid vacations triggered the democratization of domestic and international travel.Here are a few of these illustrated getaways.
Born in Göteborg in Sweden at the end of the 19th century, Gösta Wilander came to Paris in 1919 to learn French, promptly fell in love with the French Capital and married a Parisian. This amateur photographer, employed by the Swedish Consulate by day, experimented with coulour photography, making Paris his principal object. A tireless walker as well as a keen observer, Gösta Wilander produced a humorous and colourful 'street photography', capturing snapshots of Parisian life from 1958 until his death in 1982. The Société Française de Photographie honored him with a medal in 1967. Held in the Musée Carnavalet collections, a selection of his photographs has recently been digitised by Parisienne de Photographie.