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19th July 2020

Science Post-War Paris through the eyes of photojournalist Paul Almasy

Science Post-War Paris through the eyes of photojournalist Paul Almasy

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One of the great chroniclers of 1950s and 1960s Paris, Paul Almasy, born in 1906, took about 120,000 black-and-white photos before he died at the age of 97.

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Fairground, circa 1960

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Almasy, from Hungary, studied political science in Austria and Germany.

During World War Two, as a Swiss press correspondent based in Monaco, he reported from Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and France, describing Paris as a city of “past, present, and future”.

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Passenger in the metro station Abbesses, circa 1965

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Almasy adopted Paris as his home after the capital’s liberation in 1945 and became a French citizen in 1956, following the failed uprising against the Soviet-backed Hungarian government.

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

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He used a Leica and, later, a Rollei twin-lens reflex camera.

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Bill sticker, 1950s

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Post-War Paris was a place of developing culture and thought in areas such as literature, philosophy, fashion and New Wave cinema.

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

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From 1952, Almasy worked for international organisations, including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the World Health Organization.

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Nuns of the Order of St Vincent, 1952

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A new book, Paris: The City of Light in the 50s & 60s, focuses on Almasy’s photos.

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Taxi driver, Place Pigalle, 1958

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Café La Colisée, Champs-Élysées, 1956

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Venue de l’Opéra, 1950s

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Romy Schneider and Alain Delon, 1961

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The City of Light in the 50s & 60s is published by teNeues

All photographs courtesy teNeues.

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