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"J'adore Paris.", an English friend living in Paris once said on being asked what she thought of the city. I find it impossible to disagree. Paris is a wonderful place for a photographer, this after all is where Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and David "Chim" Seymour founded the great photo agency Magnum in 1947.

I was lucky enough to spend three months working in Paris in the autumn of 2000. Because I had an extended stay I was able to see far more of  Paris than someone staying for a long weekend or a week. Once the 'must see' sites have been dealt with (and they really are must sees) there is still so much to be explored, and because Paris is such a compact place, it's possible to see much of it on foot.

What really attracted me was the 'real' Paris, the neighborhoods when Parisians live and spend their time, the street markets and the cafés. Weekends would find me wandering about with my camera attempting to capture the essence of  these areas. I can't say that I truly succeeded, but there was plenty of enjoyment in trying, and yes, J'adore Paris!

 

And finally, in true Oscar fashion, I would like to thank the following...

Peter and Louise for the fine wine, the fine food, but most of all for the wonderful company (and of course the chance to put the world to rights over the 'final' bottle of Buzet) and Pauline and Pete for helping with my schoolboy French and lifts into work. But most of all I would like to thank Danièle without whom none of this would have been possible.

These are the albums I have created. They contain photographs taken all over Paris, both in and around the well known tourist haunts, and also the less visited areas where ordinary Parisians live their lives.

Black and white photographs seem so much more atmospheric to me. Perhaps it's because I've seen too many photographs from the fifties and sixties, but Paris seems to come alive in black and white in a way that it simply doesn't in colour.

Paris Autumn 2000 (Colour)

Paris October 2000 (B & W)

Paris Autumn 2000 (B & W)