Paris at Night: 20's and 30's.

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The capital of the Sena always had a romantic and intimate sense. Perhaps this is considered the city of love.

The capital of the Sena always had a romantic and intimate sense. Perhaps this is considered the city of love. In the 20’s and 30’s, the city showed its most bohemian side. The following pictures depict Paris at night, full of scenes and daily events, but captured in analogue black and white. This further enhanced the nostalgic atmosphere.

The lights and the shadows accompany figures of all kinds. From a lonely prostitute (we assume) waiting in a corner, to transexual parties of high society. Paris has always been a very progressive city. These images bear witness to so many different uses over time compared to other countries (Spain, without going any further, then under the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera). It was a time of freedom and liberalism, which sought to overcome the great war that occurred in Europe some years before. That liberalism and freedom was present in many of the leading intellectuals of the time. Thus, Hemingway, Picasso, Proust and many others, decided to establish their residence in this capital. Everything is shown from the optical analogue of the moment. Years pass, time passes, but the images always maintain that timeless essence as a witness.

Photos from: Bruce Silverstein Gallery (New York)

written by jesushp on 2011-10-31 in #lifestyle #20-s #night #30-s #paris #black-and-white
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