Paris: Black and Whites from the 50s and 60s by Paul Almasy

Painter on the Pont de l’Alma, 1950s photos by Paul Almasy Paris
Painter on the Pont de l’Alma, 1950s photos by Paul Almasy

One of the Great Chroniclers of the 1950s and 60s in Paris

Post-war Paris brought a blossoming of culture and thought. The Nouvelle Vague transformed French cinema, young couturiers reinvigorated French fashion, existentialism flourished in literature and philosophy, and the city swung and swayed to vibrant jazz and rock ’n’ roll scene.

In the middle of it all was Paul Almasy. The well-traveled photojournalist, born in Hungary, had made Paris his hometown and spent his days and nights wandering its alleys, avenues, and after-hours bars. Through his photographs, we visit the embankment of the Seine and the old market halls, its music joints, and glamorous cafes, but also the hidden backyards and artist’s studios.

Joining the ranks of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Doisneau, Almasy is one of the great chroniclers of the 1950s and 1960s Paris. This captivating book of his Paris photographs is a vivid and evocative portrait of the city in all its mid-century vibrancy and change. Paris (Photography)Paris: Black and Whites from the 50s and 60s by Paul Almasy 1

Avenue de l’Opéra, 1950s
Avenue de l’Opéra, the 1950s

 

Fair, circa 1960 Paris
Fair, circa 1960

 

Nuns of the Order of St. Vincent, Paris 1952
Nuns of the Order of St. Vincent, 1952

 

Bill sticker, 1950s
Bill sticker, 1950s

 

Taxi driver, Place Pigalle, Paris 1958
Taxi driver, Place Pigalle, Paris, 1958

 

Café La Colisée, Champs-Élysées, 1956
Café La Colisée, Champs-Élysées, 1956

 

Romy Schneider and Alain Delon, 1961
Romy Schneider and Alain Delon, 1961

 

Woman in a street café, place Saint-Michel, circa 1956
Woman in a street café, place Saint-Michel, circa 1956

 

Young couple, Vert-Galant, Île de la Cité, 1961
Young couple, Vert-Galant, Île de la Cité, 1961

 

Passenger in the metro station Abbesses, circa 1965
A passenger in the metro station Abbesses, circa 1965
Paul Almasy
Paul Almasy

Photographer Paul Almasy was born on May 29, 1906, in Budapest, Hungary. After studying political science in Austria and Germany, he became a press correspondent and photojournalist. In 1935, he founded the PASI Press Service / Service de Presse in Territet at Lake Geneva.Paris: Black and Whites from the 50s and 60s by Paul Almasy 2Paris: Black and Whites from the 50s and 60s by Paul Almasy 1

Based in Monaco, he reported on World War II as a Swiss press correspondent from France, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Following the liberation of Paris, Almasy settled there and became a French citizen in 1956. His travels as a reporter took him to every continent over the course of his career, and he worked for UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, IAO, and FAO.

From 1972 to 1989, Almasy taught at various French universities, including the Sorbonne and the Centre de formation et de perfectionnement des journalistes in Paris. In 1993, he was awarded the Ordre national du Mérite order of merit.

Paul Almasy died on September 22, 2003, in Jouars-Pontchartrain, in the French department of Yvelines.

Photo © Paul Almasy / akg-images

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