Artist Fuses Vintage Photographs with Present-Day Paris to Make History Come Alive


(Worldkings) The following images have been selected from Knez's latest book Paris: Fenêtres sur l'Histoire and his clever visuals make the history of this vibrant city come alive.

These strollers were undoubtedly visitors of the Universal Exposition, of which two attractions can be distinguished: between the legs of the Eiffel Tower, the Palace of Electricity, and on the right, the Ferris wheel on Avenue de Suffirent. ©RMN-Grand Palais (MuCEM)/Franck Raux


These elegant ladies at the Jardin du Luxembourg were at the forefront of fashion, so rare was it in 1895 for women’s wear to be presented outdoors rather than in workshops. Coco Chanel would turn fashion photography on racecourses or on the decks of beach resorts into a common practice… but this was still several years away. © Ernest Roger/Roger-Viollet


In front of the Napoléon III pomp of the Palais Garnier stands the Place de l’Opéra, in 1900 not yet fitted with its present-day median strip and métro exit. ©Léon et Lévy/Roger-Viollet


On Avenue de Friedland, in 1909, double-docker trams drop off passengers just next to the Arc de Triomphe. ©Maurice-Louis Branger/Roger-Viollet


Getting around by boat at Odéon station while the metro tracks remained drenched by flood waters. © Musée Carnavalet/Roger-Viollet
Swimming at the Quai d’Orléans, not far from the Pont Saint-Louis. Bathing in the Seine was forbidden in 1923 but the practice would continue regardées until the 1950s. Despite repeated promises and a marked improvement in the quality of the water, those who dived in the river ran the risk of fines (and possibly contamination).© Photothèque des Jeunes Parisiens


In front of the Printemps department store. © Keystone-France


On the day after the Armistice establishing German occupation of part of France, Hitler made a lightning trip to Paris on June 23, 1940. Between six and eight in the morning, the Führer made a landlord’s tour as well as a touristic visit, hurriedly taking in Notre-Dame, the Louvre, the Invalides, the Arc de Triomphe, the Trocadéro esplanade… and here, the Opéra. © Suddeutsche Zeitung/Rue des Archives


Two friends meet on the Place de l’Hôtel de Ville during the Liberation of Paris, in August 1944. © Albert Séeberger/DR


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