Is Street Photography Even Possible in Paris?

Started Jun 4, 2013 | Discussions thread
Fotogroup Forum Member • Posts: 98
Re: Is Street Photography Even Possible in Paris?

Paris is the home of Street Photography. I have been shooting there, since 1969, with never a problem. including many images of the Police patrolling many events and demonstration's.

Study the works of Henri Cartier Bresson before you go. He was the master. If you are on Facebook, look at Peter Turnley's page and "Like" him. If not, look at his web page. You'll be ordering plane ticket's yet today.

One of the best places I have found to shoot is the Rue Mouffetard, especially on a Sunday morning after 9:30. Mouffetard is a Market Street, filled with the people of Paris. Inexpensive restaurants and shops abound, and on Sundays, you will find musicians and people dancing in the street to traditional French music. There will be a small number of street performers also.  Any day, except Monday, is great, especially after 5 PM when everyone is looking to buy everything needed for the evening meal. Cartier Bresson shot many of his most iconic images here. Hemingway lived at the top of the Street. The best news, few tourists! (Metro Line 7, Censieur Daubenton Stop) Hotel Esperance is a great two star, located two blocks away, to make your base in Paris. Line 7 stops at, or connects to, everyplace you will want see or shoot.

(Mouffetard is one of the most pickpocket free streets in Paris, as is Line 7, because these are areas used by regular Parisian's. The heavier the tourist population, the more pickpockets.)

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