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Snapshots of Paris Dating Back To 1979

Some shots of Paris dating back to July of 1979 scanned from prints or negatives. Nothing great...you've been warned!


Place de la Concorde - Paris, July 1979
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Those cars are not driving through, people actually parked in the middle of Place de la Concorde in those days.



Tuileries, Paris. 1984.
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Fontaine de Jarente, rue de la Poissonnerie. Le Marais, Paris. 1984.
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Place de la Concorde 1984
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Rue Berthe. Montmartre 1984
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Montmartre 1984
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Montmartre 1984
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Rue Houdon 1984
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I spent a week in a 6th floor walk-up hotel with a freezing bathroom down the hall on this street. I was also accosted by a Brazilian transsexual prostitute one evening
walking down this street. Gotta love Paris!



Rue de Sévigné, le Marais. Paris. 1984
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Passage du Cheval Blanc, Quartier Bastille, 1984
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Place des Vosges 1984
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Between Pigalle and Abbesses 1984
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Rue de la Huchette 1991
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At that very moment she believed that all of Paris belonged to her 1991
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Le Hairdoo Atomique 1991
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I've Been seen! 1991
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Rue de la Huchette 1991
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Rue de la Huchette 1991
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St-Sulpice 1991
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Les Halles to Beaubourg 1991
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Défense D'Afficher 1991
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Cimetière du Père Lachaise 1991
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When Worlds Collide 1991
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Place de la Concorde 1991
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Place de la Concorde 1991
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Place de la Concorde, Paris 1991
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Shakespeare & Company 1991
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L'Institut de France
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Passage des Abbesses 1984
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Rue Saint-Dominique...1991
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Fontaine de Jarente, rue de la Poissonnerie. Le Marais, Paris. 1984.
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As you can see from this, and some of the other photos, le Marais was pretty rough in 1984.



224 Days...1999
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This was 224 days to Y2K. I went back for that...I just said "to hell with the Millennium Bug! There are worse places to be stuck if society collapses.
As soon as I saw Sydney's celebration on TV I knew there was nothing to worry about.



American in Paris 1999
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This was in the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen area.



American in Paris 1999
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Interesting variety of perspectives, and from a different time too. My favourite is the one looking down from the balcony or window, with the hand on the railing. I also really like the "I've Been Seen" one.

Very nice pictures overall, and without digital as a crutch either. To make photographs like this with film is probably not something many people would be able to do, including myself. Just a lot more skill required back then.
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Very nice pictures overall, and without digital as a crutch either. To make photographs like this with film is probably not something many people would be able to do, including myself. Just a lot more skill required back then.

You forget that prints and negatives can be scanned and then edited in photoshop!

You should have seen my first snapshots of Chicago taken in 1978. Some of them were spectacular. I wish I still had them.
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On the contrary, these are beautiful! Thank you for sharing them.
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As you can see from this, and some of the other photos, le Marais was pretty rough in 1984.
Incredible. Le Marais is high-end and ultra bourgeois nowadays. It is some kind of trendy spot for fashion and related lifestyle. For instance, that's where some Scandinavian luxury fashion houses would settle down.
When I was younger, it also was known as a shelter for the local gay community, but since homophobia has significantly decreased in society, they no longer need any particular district to hide.

I was born on Oct. 27 of 1977 and always lived here, so I've actually known the Paris you're showing in your pictures. But when you're only a little kid, you don't look at things the same way as adults do and I've completely forgotten how gritty the city was back then. These pictures look like it was completely refurbished since then.

When you come back, you'll probably have a hard time recognizing the things you've known by that time. Even the eastern arrondissements are massively gentrifying these days, so grit has gradually disappeared. There's nothing affordable left either. Everywhere in the central city is pretty expensive, hence the need for subsidized housing to maintain a bit of social diversity.
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When you come back, you'll probably have a hard time recognizing the things you've known by that time. Even the eastern arrondissements are massively gentrifying these days, so grit has gradually disappeared. There's nothing affordable left either. Everywhere in the central city is pretty expensive, hence the need for subsidized housing to maintain a bit of social diversity.

Paris, like every other desirable city, has become the playground for the super rich.

There were things I saw in '79 and '84 that were definitely gone even by 1989, when I spent a month there for the Bicentenaire.

In 1979 there were men with pushcarts on the streets who sold "limonade" in glasses...made from glass...that you had to give back to them when you finished drinking. Also, they still had the "Première Classe" Métro cars in the middle of the trains and the seats in all the cars were made from wooden slats.

In 1984, there was a dark, scary slum area just southwest of Tour Montparnasse that was filled with squatters and Nigerian drug dealers and no electricity so it was pitch black at night. I believe Place de Séoul and surroundings replaced that. La Villete was still a mercantile center. Bastille was pretty rough. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont was a beautiful park even then. Canal Saint-Martin was charming but not yet trendy. Les Entrepôts de Bercy was still active with giant barrels of wine.

Also, in 1984, the only place to find a public phone that hadn't been smashed for the coins inside was at the PTT offices.

There was no graffiti yet inside the Abbesses Métro stop spiral staircase.

Oh, yeah, the Boulogne-Billancourt area still produced films and Renaults!

I could go on and on. I haven't been in almost 20 years.
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You forget that prints and negatives can be scanned and then edited in photoshop!

You should have seen my first snapshots of Chicago taken in 1978. Some of them were spectacular. I wish I still had them.
It's not just about editing but also getting live preview on LCD before taking picture and being able to review the photos on LCD after taking them. No more having to pay for film either.

Chicago in 1978 would have been interesting for sure. One of my favourite films ever is The Blues Brothers and part of the reason is Chicago, and it would have been nice to get a more in-depth look. No doubt the city has changed a lot since then too.
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It's not just about editing but also getting live preview on LCD before taking picture and being able to review the photos on LCD after taking them. No more having to pay for film either.

Chicago in 1978 would have been interesting for sure. One of my favourite films ever is The Blues Brothers and part of the reason is Chicago, and it would have been nice to get a more in-depth look. No doubt the city has changed a lot since then too.
Well, you're right that there was an element of surprise with film...that is, you never knew exactly what you got until it was developed. To be honest, only in hindsight is it a "thing." It's just the way things were back then. I prefer not having to wait.
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Very interesting. I keep forgetting Paris has hilly spots. Overall a very great and beautiful city, even in those rough times.


Thanks for giving us this perspective.
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i wonder when that giant digital display was added to (and removed from) the eiffel tower. i don't remember seeing that before. was it just used as a y2k countdown?


these are such a cool snapshot in time. thanks for sharing.
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I really enjoyed these.
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I keep forgetting Paris has hilly spots.
Montmartre is the highest hill within the central city, but there's another noticeable one, Sainte-Geneviève in the 5th arrondissement. That's where they built the Panthéon to bury and honor a number of important persons.

Otherwise, Mont Valérien is another well known hill in the western inner suburbs. It is in Suresnes, slightly higher than Montmartre and offers some cool views over La Défense and Central Paris. That view over there has been causing some NIMBYism, incidentally. A couple of residential skyscrapers in Suresnes was rejected because of it. They would obstructed some views from up there.
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