There is a lot of good photography in Paris. But only one place, Images & Portraits, specializes in found photographs. This sliver of a shop in the Marais is a collector’s dream, with thousands of images, all original and uncredited.
Framed photographs occupy the top third of the shop’s white walls. Beneath them are bins of images, sorted by subject and size. Some shots have recognizable subjects (the Eiffel Tower, Princess Di), but most are vintage portraits of anonymous individuals and groups – and images are interesting and evocative.
Prices are reasonable, too. A Kodak snapshot from the 80s might fetch a few euros. Matted and framed works, and larger images, cost up to 130 euros.
And while you’re there, make an appointment to have your picture taken. The shop doubles as owner Fabien Breuvart’s portrait studio – and his work is excellent.