Every Paris lover knows this photo...
Le baiser de l'Hotel de Ville, 1950
...but have you ever seen this one?
L'échaudoir de la rue Sauval, 1968
A few years before the Second World War, Robert Doisneau began photographing the area of Les Halles, known as the Stomach of Paris. Between 1933 and his death, he photographed the market area many times. It is refreshing to see how his subjects would interact voluntarliy with his camera - some smiling straight into the lense others continuing their business - which is a big contrast to today's photophobia due to social media overkill.
What struck me most is the lack of tourists at this exhibit. Don't get me wrong - we did queue after all - but the most unusal thing happened in a Parisian museum....everybody spoke French!
Yes, this was a local event. French are known for their tendancy to intellectualize. The expression "une prise de tête" is after all purely French. It amazes me to see how interested they are in their own history. They are a part of it not only because they ARE French but because they live it...past and present!
La marchande de fleurs, 1968