From the 19th century, the Parisian population started to grow and poverty affected one third of its people. Children from families living in extreme poverty used to work like their parents, often performing their humble crafts on the streets : costermongers, tinsmiths, grinders, chair-bottomers, dog shearers... Their figures were part of the landscape of old-time Paris.
Eugène Atget, Albert Harlingue and Jacques Boyer immortalized these now defunct small crafts.
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Each month, discover our Parisian Chronicles, a selection of our favorite photographs.They are Paris, they make Paris and we like them all.You can order a print of the ones you like!
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Cobbled streets are as ancient as the civilized world but the type of pavement used in the courtyards of the Palace of Versailles or of the Marais district's townhouses appeared in the 17th century. The 18x18 or 20x20 square, 23 cm thick cobblestones, made of sandstone or wood were designed by now extinct stone masons and other specialized craftsmen.Parisian cobblestones are part the French collective memory, the nightmare of high heels and bicycle races, the raw material of barricades, 1968 student demonstrations' projectile weapon of choice, or a nostalgic memento of once picturesque streets now covered with asphalt.
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Some are mythical, others, everyman's : the Paris cafes are a great part of the French Capital's appeal.Since the invention of the medium, they are a photographers' delight: here is a tribute to Parisian cafés, their waiters and their patrons.
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From small street stalls to department stores, from bakeries and butcher shops to jewellers, from sidewalk cafes to famous restaurants, Parisian shopkeeper take good care of their storefronts, their first advertisement to passers-by. They are a great part of the charm of the streets in the capital, and some of them are protected under heritage preservation laws. Here are images of the most remarkable or picturesque storefronts in Paris from the late 19th century to the 1980s, including a colourful reportage by architecture photographer Felipe Ferre held in the collections of Musée Carnavalet in Paris.
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Parisienne de Photographie takes you through to an imaginary men's wardrobe through the exhibition Au Masculin! at the Paris Cité de la Mode et du Design (winter 2013-2014).
From passageways to rooftop, the exhibition demonstrated in 50 photographs what present fashion owes to yesterday’s styles. From Parisian dandies to fishermen from Brittany, from sewer workers to trendy artists, discover how forgotten looks are invited back into our dressing rooms.
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Established in the mid-17th century the first bathhouses on the river Seine were seasonal and basic: users left their clothes on a boat moored to the quay and bathed in the river, hidden behind canvas walls. In 1783, police regulated bathing installations. Larger, better equiped bathing boats were created, some of them famous, such as the Deligny public baths, first opened in 1801 and rebuilt in 1840, which operated until 1993. As river trafic increased, no new installation permits were given after 1877, and bathing boats were replaced by swimming pools starting in the 1920s, such as the Molitor pool near the Bois de Boulogne, inaugurated in 1929 by Olympic medalist Johnny Weissmuller. Despite poor water quality, swimming competitions in the Seine were still popular in the early XXth century. Although prohibited by law in 1923, bathing in the river remained a tradition until the 1960s.
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Depending on her mood, fond of idleness or sports, strolls or garden parties, she enjoys dancing, sitting on a terrace or by the water...She remains so Parisienne even on her summer getaways.These sunny snapshots might inspire you!
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Proletarian street walkers dreamed to become courtesans, or to achieve the even more aristocratic state of "demi-mondaines". Those women of easy virtue and quirky nicknames were also dancers, singers, models or actresses. Between the Second Empire and the Belle Epoque, prostitution left the confined atmosphere of the brothels, taking over cabarets, theaters and the Parisian Grands Boulevards. There, women of the world, 'demi-mondaines' and prostitutes mingled, composing a feminine universe which stimulated the artists' imaginary world. In parallel, erotic images spread with the progress of the commercial photography in 1900. Brothels' were banned and closed in 1946. A Story behind the pictures on the occasion of the exhibition "Splendour and misery - Pictures of Prostitution, 1850-1910" at the Musée d'Orsay (2016).