Thanks to "Paris Plages" (during summer) and "Paris Respire" (every Sunday and public holiday throughout the year), Paris takes a break from traffic, turning the banks of the river Seine into a car-free zone.
In order to reduce pollution and improve quality of life, the City of Paris aims at permanently pedestrianizing the banks in the inner city, to the chagrin of motorists.
Enjoy our gallery of images of this popular place of business and leisure, from the dog shearers and mattress makers of late 19th century to the urban fisherman of the 1920s and sun worshippers of the sixties.
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The "Folies Trévise" cabaret opened in 1869 at 32 rue Richer in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, in a district near teh Grands Boulevards housing many theatres, cabarets and cafes. It was renamed "Folies Bergère" three years later. Built as a small opera house by architect Plumeret, the theatre was the birthplace of the Parisian variety show in the late 19th Century. This new type of entertainment featured songs and dances led by a female master of ceremony and star dancer. This role was assigned over the years to various women artists embodying the spirit of Paris: la Belle Otéro and Cléo de Mérode during the Belle Epoque, Mistinguett before WWI and Josephine Baker during the 1930s.
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Ever since the invention of photography in the 19th century, artists' studios have fascinated photographers. Documenting interiors and making portraits of popular artists, focusing on the creative act itself or seeing the studio as a metaphor for the birth of images & photography has always penetrated and explored these spaces where the work of art is produced. On the occasion of the exhibition 'In the Studio' at the Petit Palais, here is a selection of studios and of their artists and models.
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"Under Mirabeau bridge runs the Seine And our loves Must I remember them Joy came always after pain&hellip" (Guillaume Apollinaire by William A Sigler)From Lutetia to Paname, poets, lovers and boatmen have always been attracted by the river Seine. Eugène Atget, François Kollar and many others have photographed it.Used for sailing, trade or industrial freight transport, the river Seine is the spine of Paris and, since the construction of the riverbank expressways in the 1970s, the site of a bitter dispute between cars and pedestrians. Despite the cars, it can still be the perfect area for strolling and relaxing.
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The view on Paris' rooftops is magnificent. Made of zinc or slate, they still inspire poets, painters and taggers, filmmakers and photographers. Their designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site was recently contemplated.Here is a tribute to the roofs of Paris and to their craftsmen and workers.
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Snow shrouds Paris in a white veil and a soothing silence. Time stands still, while children play. Photographers are the first to capture these magical moments.And little by little, the city recomposes itself.Here is a selection of images of these fleeting instants.
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From the mid-19th century, Parisian media outlets were concentrated in an area located near the Grands Boulevards, between Réaumur and Opéra, in the 2nd and 9th arrondissements. The move was initiated by major newspapers (Le Petit Journal in 1863, Le Petit Parisien in 1879, Le Figaro in 1874 and Le Matin in 1884) soon followed by printers, press agencies and trade associations. On the eve of WWI, the French press had one of the largest readership in the world: these were the greatest days of the so called “République du Croissant”, named after the rue du Croissant, whose intersection with rue Montmartre was the epicentre of the district. Jean Jaurès, the founder and manager of socialist newspaper L’Humanité was assassinated at his table in café du Croissant on July 31, 1914. After WW2, other newspapers moved to the boulevards: France Soir in 1945, Le Monde succeeding to Le Temps on Boulevard des Italiens; today, most of them have left the district.
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In order to feed the growing population of Paris, Louis VI ordered the construction of a covered market on a former swamp in 1137. The existing markets of la Cité and place de Grève were regrouped there as well as, 50 years later, the Saint-Lazare fair. The number of merchants increased and new buildings were added over the years. In 1780, the closure of the nearby cemetery of the Innocents doubled the market's ground area but sanitary conditions remained poor and trafic disruptions increased. In the 1840s, the commission created by Rambuteau, the prefect of Paris, decided to preserve and restructure the “belly of Paris”. The architectural competition held in 1848 was won by Baltard. Ten specialised pavilions (for meat, eggs, flowers, etc.) were built between 1852 and 1870. The covered market and its 'strongmen' fed the capital during a century, until its transfer to Rungis and La Villette in 1969. The Baltard pavilions were demolished in 1970, to be replaced in 1977 by a local train station and a shopping centre inaugurated in 1979. A renovation was initiated in 2010, the "Canopée" inaugurated in April 2016.Visit one of the oldest districts of Paris.
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During the 19th century, improving literacy amongst the general population becomes a major public goal in most Western Countries. In France, attendance to school is mandatory and education is free since Education Minister Jules Ferry's laws of 1881 and 1882. Every year in September, all children get ready for the new school year and, come the big day, joyfully or in tears, meet their classmates and teachers.Here is our selection of snapshots of schools and pupils from our collections, from playground to refectory and classroom, from kindergarten to vocational schools.