The Hungarian-born French photojournalist Paul Almasy had a long, illustrious and global career as a war correspondent, chronicler for UNESCO and teacher at the Sorbonne, but few have heard of him today. This well-made and affordable hardback aims to fix that, with a hundred or so postwar shots of Almasy’s adopted home on a par with the work of his better-known contemporaries Doisneau and Cartier-Bresson. It’s a tender, often wry survey of a city in social and physical flux, where men in homburgs walked the same streets as Vespa-mounted mods and the Tour Montparnasse shoved remorselessly into the sky.

Paris (teNeues, 2020, ISBN 9783961712571, 144pp, £12.50)


This book review was published in the December 2020 issue of France magazine.

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The photo at the top of this post (© Paul Almasy/akg-images) shows a bashed Ford Vedette on place de l’Opéra in the 1950s.