In Search of Marcel Proust

Our photographic testimony is focused on the main places that inspired the author for the writing of his novel, ”A la recherche du temps perdu””. A lot of locations from the novel, houses and villas, hotels and restaurants places or neighborhoods are still there for our biggest pleasure at the beginning of our century.

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Monuments under construction in Paris

It’s really annoying to come from far away to visit Paris and to be disappointed by a building under construction for one month, one year or more and specially when you are a photographer.

What are the monuments or buildings actually under construction in Paris ?

When you travel your first goal is to come back in your country with a photography of the building you want to visit or just shoot from outside.

This list is made for photographers who want to be sure not loosing time in traffic jam, metro or cab.

Frustration is really high when your expectation to get ‘’The’’ picture is destroyed by a palisade, adds ….

For Parisian Clichés Rework doesn’t mean that the building is completly closed but impossible to shoot for a nice photography of the building.

You will find some practical comments for each monument or building.

The following comment ‘’Completly closed outside’’ means impossible to shoot for a good photography.

Monument or building completly closed outside and inside

Hotel de la Marine :
The facade of the is building is underconstruction and some rooms inside will be renovated too.

The shoping center, la Samaritaine :
The building is totally closed until 2018.

Théatre Marigny :
The Theatre is completly closed until 2018 inside and outside for renovation.

Monument or building completly closed outside but open for visit

Eglise Saint-Augustin :
The church is opened but the building from outside is under construction until 2021.

Eglise de la Trinité :
The reworks are partially finished and it’s now possible to shoot a nice picture of the church but be carefull, there is still some rework in the garden in front of the church.

Eglise Saint Germain :
The rework from the underground will take place until 2020, if there are no surprises during the archeologic work around the building.

Palais de la découverte :
The dome is underconsctrution until oct 2017 but visits are possible.
The building will be totally closed in 2020 for a long period for underconstruction.

Palais Bourbon (Parlement) :
Some reworks outside the building.

Monument or building partially closed outside but open for visit

Tour Eiffel :
For security access the Eiffel Tower is under construction around the tower and the gardens are not free of access and the best spot to shoot the tower is from Trocadero.

Place Vendome :
All reworks on Place Vendome are finished but Boucheron’s Building has started for renovation in Decembre 2017 until 6 months and to take picture of full place is quite difficult.

Arc de Triomphe :
The back side of Arc de Triomphe is under construction.

Institut de France :
The complete right part of the building is under construction but the main dome and the left part of the Institut is fully visible.

Hippodrome de Longchamp :
Horse races are totally impossible during the rework of the buildings and most of them are dispactched to hippodrome Auteuil and Chantilly.
Solidays Festival will take place end of june on the middle of the hippodrome like every year and there is no problem to participate to the music festival the most important event in summer.

Eglise de la Madeleine :
Some reworks makes difficult to get an overview of the church for a complete picture of the building, but a picture can be done partially of the facade and the corners.
We still can get into the church without any problem.

Cascade Buttes Chaumont :
The cascade can be seen but no water is going out during some time. Should open very soon. This is a famoiu splace where Marcel Prosut used to come here with some parisian girls.

Musée Cluny : Hudge reworks on the buildings, Chapelle and the garden and it’s really difficult to get a nice picture from outside even from roman therms.

Institut de France : The right part of the building is under construction.

Monument or building completly closed for visit but photography possible outside

Musée Carnavalet :
The museum is totally closed but the building from outside is visible and pictures can be taken without any problem.

Musée de la marine : Let’s check but the museum will be totally closed after summer during 3 years for renovation. Taking pictures from outside of the building will be possible but not for a long time.

Recent openings

Hotel Crillon :
The Hotel has opened beginning of July 2017.

Fountains of Place de la Concorde :
the 2 fountains of the place have been totally cleaned end of may 2017.

Panthéon in Saint-Michel is now completly renovated and open to visits.

Saint-Eustache Church now opened with a new refresh.

Elysée Montmartre in Pigalle with a new look inside the building is opened for concerts after many years of closing due to a fire.

Marcel Proust and photographic memory

The power of photographic memory

The writing of In Search of Lost Time is based on an essay, Jean Santeuil, which will serve as a genesis, a synopsis for the writing of In Search of Lost Time. This essay marks the beginning of a meticulous artistic approach initiated by Marcel Proust for the writing of his final novel using his photographic memory.

This artistic process that will last more than fifteen years until his death.  He had no choice to avoid putting his death on the scene, the last episode of this masterful process of creation.

To portray an aristocratic society to which he does not belong wholly but which he can approach and co-operate on a daily basis with such a clear vision of his morals and beliefs is pure pleasure for a reader in search of adventures and stories to be imagined frozen by a camera.

Without the persevering determination of Marcel Proust to create a masterful literary work, to built this work as an exceptional artistic creation, reading In Search of Lost Time would be an unbearable novel to read for a neophyte photographer in literature and would have no Influence on our vision to see the world by narrative composed of a simple accumulation of photographic memories that would not suffice to keep his reader in suspense.

In the same time photographer will place his tripod, his lenses with different opening, angle, speed and paper, to revel the final result of his process confirming his role of photographer of informing, representing, and surprising.

Marcel Proust, used maybe a photographic memory filed in mind he could pick up as a reminder, as records during his writing process.

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The revelation of the involuntary memory

The book written by Jean -François Chevrier ” Proust et la photographie ” proposes an analogy between the involuntary memory that would be at the origin of the vocation of Marcel Proust for the writing of The Search for lost time and the unconscious mechanisms at work in photography.

Here are some extracts from the book of Monsieur Jean-François Chevrier:

“I imagined a fiction: The search for lost time tells a vocation of photographer as much as a vocation of writer.

It is the gradual discovery of the powers of photography as a work of memory.

Watching, recording, writing, reproducing, imitating, revealing, imagining are for me the seven keys to the photographic imagination.

For the needs of the book, of a circular construction, Proust frequently reverses the terms, anticipates.
His narrative assumes from the beginning the possession of the final truth.

A collection of memories, like an album of photographs, can’t make a novel.

In order to construct the Research, it was necessary to establish a firmer point of support: the revelation of the involuntary memory. As early as 1909, Proust had shut himself up in his work, in the almost empty architecture of his novel, which he would never cease to fill until his death.

I see in this company a model for photographers, because perfectly romantic.

But I must observe that the practice of photography today demands from the photographer a singular awareness of his ends and his means.

It has always seemed very significant to me that the last fragment of Jean Santeuil, which prefigures the famous episode of the Research or where by a characteristic effect of the involuntary memory, the hearing of a sonata de Vinteuil re-emerges in the spirit of Swann the distant period of his first relations with Odette de Crécy, that this last fragment ends with this sentence:

“And the photograph of all this had taken its place in the archives of his memory, archives so vast that, for the most part, he would never look at them, unless by chance they were reopened, as had been this The pianist’s hangover that night. ”

“The photograph of all this” is the complete recording of the past in memory, restored by chance, when one might think it lost.

As for the formula “the archives of memory,” Proust owes it to Baudelaire.

Proust brings an additional element of analysis by introducing the temporal or event dimension. The apparatus is no longer a reproduction tool but a recording tool.

Cf: Proust and Photography – by Jean-François Chevrier


FullMoon in Paris

Fullmoon, moonset and sunrise

Wednesday morning,  14th December 2016 will be the last chance before many years to make great pictures of the SuperMoon, full moon, the moonset and the sunrise the same morning.

Timing will be perfect for travelers and photographers planning a trip in Paris during that period of the year.

A photography workshop will be opened by Parisian Clichés to Maximum four photographers for that exceptional morning.

It will be an opportunity to shoot the SuperMoon the 14th of December around 6am on Pont Neuf before the complete moonset planned at 9:30 am.

In this workshop we will get a chance to shoot the moon bigger than normal and maybe with nice colors during the moonset when the light of the sky is changing from the darkness to the light.
In the same morning the sunrise should start around 8:30am.

For this Workshop Photography you can download free Apps LightTrac and MoonCalendar a french calendrier lunaire to prepare your shooting.








A new belvedere in Paris

The Belvedere of the Philharmonie de Paris is the new and discreet panorama of Paris now accessible to all photographers in search of new horizons and irresistible late afternoon lights.

The iron and glass architecture of the Grande Halle de la Villette is now visible in all its splendor from the Belvedere of the Philharmonie de Paris built by the architect Jean Nouvel and close now to the Cité de la Musique.

Make a first snapshot of the Grande Halle de la Villette and the gardens of the Parc de la Villette with its autumn colors.

We do not miss the sunset over Paris with its breathtaking view of the Montparnasse Tower, the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre.

The lovers are sure to come and steal a kiss in this new Parisian spot located on the roof of the building designed by the architect Jean Nouvel.

How to Access to this new spot for travelers and photographers visiting Paris?
This new observation deck, the Belvedere of Philharmonie de Paris can be reach by a lift which takes you to the 9th floor.
The doors are closed after sunset.

A perfect place to come before to go for a concert in Philharmonie de Paris, Grande Halle de la Villette, Zenith, Trabendo or Cabaret Sauvage.



Parisian clichés a web site for travelers photographers in Paris

Parisian clichés a web site for travelers photographers in Paris

Parisian clichés a web site for travelers photographers in Paris

 Parisian clichés a web site for travelers photographers in Paris

Opening 12 am – closing after sunset

Jean Nouvel and his project of the Philharmonie de Paris.

La cité des sciences et de l’industrie and his Rencontres du ciel et de l’espace planned for next 11, 12 & 13th of november.

La Géode with a projection planned on David Bowie Is on  january 10th of 2017.

La Cité de la musique and his exhibition with Mathieu Chedid meeting Martin Parr, a mix between music and photography.

Bio exhibition expected in march 2017 in Grande Halle de la Villette.

Harvesting time in Montmartre ?

Harvest in Montmartre is ready soon.

The harvest of the the grapes in La Vigne du Clos Montmartre are very late in the year and generally starts around mid october, as for centuries.

In the eighteenth century, the hill was covered with 3/4 of vineyards with a north exposure, considered as an aberration for winemakers.

At that time, the wine was not subject to the rights granted because outside of Paris, favor the opening of taverns and cabarets in the neighborhood like the famous ” Au Lapin Agile ”.

When Montmartre was annexed to Paris in 1860, the houses grow at the expense of the remaining vines and in the thirties the vine is replanted from 2000 feets of Gamay and Pinot Noir.

With less than 1800 feets to date, the grapes are pressed in the cellars of the town hall of the 18th district and then auctioned.

Anayway the wine is still a product coming from the ground of Montmartre and Parisians are proud to get a wine from their 2000 square meters of productive land and we can still find Cuvée de la planète 2014.

To celebrate this event don’t miss the harvest festival beginning of october.


Harvesting Time in Montmartre Parisian Clichés


Harvesting Time in Montmartre Parisian Clichés


How to look like a Parisian ?

In the old parisian neighborhood hatters around the rue de Choiseul, a large haberdashery invites you to fashion your own style with incredible tissues, far from modern merchandising codes.

Popular with costumers or seamstresses from the neighborhood, workshops high fashion and interior designers this cavern is a place to find tresors.

This place is famous in the entire world and customers coming from the United States, Japan or Australia are very pleased to come there to find the most original and classic tissue.

Enthusiasts, that push the door of this magical world, discovers the smell of ancient time, know that this house holds treasures in its inventory of old fabrics stopped since many years.

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The authentic wooden floor that unfolds at your feet will not forget to squeak during your visit to remember the history of this amazing and authentic neighborhood close to the Passage Choiseul.

A pleasure to share without moderation with a team of passionate employees who have provided a lot Parisian designers before to become the supplier of the royal court English Royal court during several generations.

Parisian clichés a web site for travelers photographers in Paris

Parisian clichés a web site for travelers photographers in ParisParisian clichés a web site for travelers photographers in Paris

Parisian clichés a web site for travelers photographers in Paris

Ask to Marc from Ultramod to show you how to make a hat with a piece of sisal tissue and how to be a be a chic parisian woman in five minutes.

Parisian clichés a web site for travelers photographers in Paris

Café restaurant le Petit choiseul.


Passion and pleasure of a luthier in Pigalle

The passion and pleasure of the luthier go through a strong background in music, acoustic and good experience of woodworking.

This job requires attention to detail, patience and a sense of aesthetics combined with high manual skills by using all the senses: sight, touch, hearing, smell but also big touch of love.

The luthier is in the center of a creative process of the instrument in conjunction with the composer who imagines the sound, the performer who creates this sound and the lute-maker as a performer too who makes it physically possible.

The craftsman working in a small workshop needs to give life to a few pieces of wood, each type wood emits a clean sound that varies more depending on the drying time, quality … and the sensitivity of a woman is an asset to achieve this goals in a profession mainly occupied by men.

Every day she perfects with love of music and instrument itself, constantly seeking to perform better with great rigor and adapt to the desired musical style, specially when you want to perform gypsy music.

How to make a gypsy guitar style ?

First, you must play gypsy music as Christelle does and her knowledge of Django Reinhardt music is an asset.

A good gypsy guitar is characterized by the choice of a small or a big mouth, the length of the fork (12 or 14 boxes), the quality of wood used, with good acoustic rendering, more or less bass midrange or treble, or rather a round metal. At least you must play comfortably with a good size of the handle and her sensitivity is the final touch.

To learn more about gypsy music richness as a good introduction of this style of music there is one movie, “The son of the wind” and a unique festival dedicated in June to the musical legacy of Django Reinhardt.

Sons of the Win is a fantastic documentary filming guitarists Angelo Debarre, Moreno and Ninie Garcia and Tchavolo Schmitt.

Django Reinhardt Festival held each year near Paris

Push the door of Christelle Caillot Guitars workshop when ready to talked about a customised gypsy sound.

Parisian clichés a web site for travelers photographers in Paris

Parisian clichés a web site for travelers photographers in Paris

Parisian clichés a web site for travelers photographers in Paris

Place de la Concorde

Too fountains to forget the Terror in Place de la Concorde!

The name of the Place de la Concorde was chosen in 1795 to mark the reconciliation of french people shocked by bloody memories.

Too Fountains in the middle of the square to forget the Terror and the execution of Louis XVI in January 21, 1793 on Revolution Square, former Place Louis XV.

Fountains of Concorde are two fountains located on the Place, located on either side of the Obelisk.

On the south, the Fountain of the Seas and on the north the Fountain of the Rivers, a celebration of Naval Engineering of France, referring to the presence the Marine Department built by the architect Gabriel.

The fountain of the Seas has six figures representing the Ocean, the Mediterranean, the fishing of the fishs, the corals, the beads and shells.

Swans mix with three geniuses symbolizing Maritime Navigation, Trade and Astronomy.

Both were inaugurated on 1 May 1840 by the prefect Rambuteau.

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