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Fire Eater Paris 1982

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Fire Eater Paris 1982, originally uploaded by Stephen Rees.

I am pleased I found this print. I don’t think I have scanned it or posted it anywhere before.

This photo was taken in the square around the Pompidou Centre. The old Parisian fruit and veg market (Les Halles) had been moved out, and Richard Rogers had designed his new exhibition/art gallery with the insides out.

Here is a picture of the building  from Wikipedia that I found on Bill McEwen’s blog.

Street performers were actively encouraged – something London picked up on later with the renewal of the Covent Garden market (see below). There we kept the buildings but created an equally lively space.

Street performer Covent Garden 2007

This is (in part) what cities are supposed to be like.

Written by Stephen Rees

May 4, 2007 at 9:12 am

5 Responses

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  1. Great shot! Great message!


    May 4, 2007 at 9:21 am

  2. Thanks Bill. I have been looking for this picture ever since I saw yours!

    Also note that WordPress is not yet on daylight savings time!

    Stephen Rees

    May 4, 2007 at 9:28 am

  3. Sorry Stephen, I’ve corrected it now…but the image is from wikipedia!


    May 5, 2007 at 9:34 am

  4. No worries, I’ll just edit the original

    Stephen Rees

    May 5, 2007 at 9:50 am

  5. You’d enjoy this person’s photo! The perspective lines up nicely with your comments…

    Le Prestidigitateur


    May 18, 2007 at 8:59 am

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