Most people come to Paris for croissants, the Moulin Rouge and gloating, in that order. But for history buffs, and anyone who aspires to buffdom, it’s like walking back in time.
Julien Knes is a french photographer who gets the whole ‘living history’ thing. He was commissioned by the editors of Parigramme to do a photo series on Paris’ past, comparing present-day sites like the Seine and the Eiffel Tower with days gone by, when people walked around in black and white and said things like ‘Tallyho, my good man!’ (but, you know, in French). We don’t use the word’ juxtaposition’ often, but we’re gonna use it here. We sat down with Julien and asked him about the laborious process of matching old photos with present day Paris. “Taking each photo took about 10 minutes to arrange, plus an hour of photoshop work to get the images to match. The cars on the streets and roadworks made it pretty difficult.”
The following photos are from Julien’s new book: “Paris: Fenêtres sur l’Histoire.”