Street Photography: Paris 100 Years Ago

“Paris is always a good idea.”

– Audrey Hepburn

I can not help feeling a certain warm and tickling weakness in my knees when I contemplate street photography; I’m delighted to be transported to other places and and to be told by only images secret stories which each city keeps hidden at plane sight in their corners, in their skies, in their people, in their dawns and in their sunsets.


The photographs that Jean Pierre Yves Petit made almost 100 years ago are full of those dense and cosmopolitan atmospheres that impregnated the same Paris de la bohéme which we read about in Edgar Allan Poe’s stories and watch in Truffaut's films. Tales of a time and place which no longer exist, or at least - never again like portrayed here.

“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.”

– Thomas Jefferson