|Charles Marville - Self Portrait|
I've never been to Paris, but always had a desire to go. I may be disappointed because much of my idea about Paris is based on history particularly during the 20s when the place was full of artists, writers and thespians. I fondly remember seeing Joséphine Baker dance costume's at a museum in England, who was one of my idols, and who lived in Paris during the 20s.
I was really excited to find out about rather obscure photographer who left a legacy. Charles Marville (1813-1879) was the official Paris photographer in the 1850s, that documented the city's prior landscape and infrastructure which was being dramatically changed at the time of dramatic modernization, during Napoleon's reign, and was reconstructed by Baron George-Eugene Haussmann, his architectural urban planner. There are still some existing buildings reminiscent of the Old Medieval Paris. The before and after pictures are fascinating.
|Passage du Clos-Bruneau|
Before... The buildings marked in red are still standing today, hidden in la passage du Clos-Bruneau.
|rue des Ecoles|
|Haussman rue des Ecoles|
|Rue des Saules, Montmartre, then and now by Charles Marville|
And so, I was able to take a bit of a time travel trip in my mind, through these wonderful photographs of Charles Marville's. I hope you enjoy the time travel as much as I did!