Photos Of Brutal Paris, City of Concrete

Paris-born Damien Gosset photographs the architecture of his home city. Look at any American-made TV show of Paris and you’ll be certain to see cobbled streets, flowers – someone is always carrying flowers – and the Eiffel Tower framed by one of Haussmann’s floor-length windows. But Paris is not a museum piece trapped in in the past and preserved in decorative aspic. For one thing, the Paris where the city’s residents live doesn’t wobble. It’s made of rock-hard cement.

 

Creteil

Creteil

 

“Grands ensembles”  built from the 1950s to the 1980s are futuristic meshes of voids and blocks. These megastructures throb with confidence. Would you want to live in them, put down roots – pick the drapes and loo seat covers for a home spawned by World War II’s Atlantic Wall and founded in Nazism? Yes. Because they’re incredible.

 

Australian embassy paris

Australian Embassy, Paris

Creteil

Creteil

Paris concrete

Centre National de la danse Pantin, France

Centre National de la danse Pantin, France

Calcia, Paris

Calcia, Paris

Orgues de Flandre, Paris

Orgues de Flandre

Les Arcades, Noisy-le-Grand, France

Les Arcades, Noisy-le-Grand, France

Bagnolet, France

Bagnolet, France

Courbevoie, France

Courbevoie, France

Beaugrenelle, Paris

Beaugrenelle, Paris

Les Anticonformes, Paris

Les Anticonformes, Paris

Caserne Massena Paris, France

Caserne Massena Paris, France

Puteaux, France

Puteaux, France

residence casanova Ivry-sur-Seine, France

Residence Casanova Ivry-sur-Seine, France

Drass, Paris

Drass, Paris

Eiders, Paris

Eiders, Paris

Etoiles, Ivry-sur-Seine, France

Etoiles, Ivry-sur-Seine, France

 Fondation Avicenne, Paris

Fondation Avicenne, Paris

Curial Cambrais, Paris

Curial Cambrais, Paris

Conservatoire de Montreuil

Conservatoire de Montreuil, France

Paris

Paris

Paris

Paris

Paris

Paris

Bagnolet  Bagnolet

Pantin

Pantin

Les Choux de Créteil

Les Choux de Créteil

Les Choux de Créteil

Les Choux de Créteil

Les Arènes de Picasso at Noisy-le-Grand, Paris

Les Arènes de Picasso at Noisy-le-Grand, Paris

Noisy-le-Grand

Noisy-le-Grand

Les espaces d'Abraxas, Noisy-le-Grand

Les espaces d’Abraxas, Noisy-le-Grand

Noisy-le-Grand

Les espaces d’Abraxas, Noisy-le-Grand

Noisy-le-Grand

Noisy-le-Grand

Ivry-sur-Seine,

Ivry-sur-Seine,

Ivry-sur-Seine,

Etoiles, Irvy-sure-Seine

Ivry-sur-Seine, France

Ivry-sur-Seine, France

Paris, France

Paris, France

Tour Mirabeau, Paris, France

Tour Mirabeau, Paris, France

Paris

Paris, France

 

View more of Damien’s work on his site.