In August 1981 I travelled to Paris to carry out a five-day assignment to provide library pictures for the Evening Standard. As well as straightforward images of the usual landmarks I also wandered the streets catching what I hoped were typically Parisian scenes of people and places.
This set features pictures from the Porte de Clignancourt Flea Market which is just outside Paris proper, the other side of the Boulevard Periphérique (Ring Road). Paris has a number of Flea Markets but this is the most famous. It’s official name is Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, but it’s known to everyone as Les Puces (The Fleas).
It’s open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday but the weekend is the busiest and best time. It was a bustling and weirdly wild place with a melange of obviously French scenes contrasted with signage showing a distinctly American sub-culture of jeans and Stetsons.
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