Stanley / Barker, 2022. First edition. Flexibound with dust jacket, 100 pp., b/w illustrated, 275 x 225 mm. Photographs and text by Thomas Boivin. Design by ramel.luzoir.
Since 2010 Thomas Boivin has been making beautiful, contemplative black and white photographs of his Parisian neighbourhood and the people who live there.
Belleville is a place that is both emblematic of the popular notions of Paris and constantly changing. Set in the eastern part of Paris, it is a multicultural area of the city that attracts artists and those new to France.
“I started to photograph its streets and people as soon as I moved there, and kept photographing for years. Photographing people, above all, was what I found meaningful. Although the photographs hardly depict the city, I find they convey the sensation that I had, walking the streets of Belleville: A mixture of beauty and decay, of joyful moments and sadness, the warm feeling of light and the bitter sweet sensation that one can experience walking around all day, searching for a stranger's eyes..” - Thomas Boivin
Belleville is released to coincide with an exhibition at Fondation A Stichting.