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Robert Doisneau: Paris: Les Halles Market

Written by Robert Doisneau and Vladimir Vasak

  • September 4, 2012
  • Hardcover
  • Photography - Individual Photographers - General
  • Flammarion
  • 9 x 11
  • $45.00
  • $51.00
  • 978-2-08-020108-9

About This Book

Doisneau’s photographs evoke nostalgia for the days when the now vanished Les Halles market, "the belly of Paris," sprawled across the center of the city. From fur-clad socialites to burly market porters, Doisneau captured the essence of every brand of Parisian character and the poetry in ordinary scenes: a cheery fruit seller bellowing from behind a pyramid of oranges, a fish vendor haggling over the price of the daily catch, or a mountain of floral bouquets ready to grace Parisian dinner tables. This volume exhibits some of Doisneau’s lesser-known yet extraordinary works, including six rare color photographs. Publication coincides with the ongoing long-awaited redevelopment of this Parisian hub.

About the Author

Robert Doisneau (1912–1994) is one of the world’s most famous and celebrated photographers. Flammarion has published Robert Doisneau: Paris (2005/2010), Doisneau: Portraits of the Artists (2008), and Robert Doisneau: Palm Springs 1960 (2010). Vladimir Vasak, reporter for Arte, is the author of a book of Doisneau’s photographs of Alsace taken in the aftermath of World War II.


  • "Boasting several rare color photographs, this album captures the bustling life of the market and its surroundings, and chronicles its sad destruction." ~France Magazine
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