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January 30, 2017

30 Fascinating Black and White Photographs of Street Scenes of Paris Taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt in 1963

Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898–1995), the man behind some of the most memorable pictures of the 20th century, was a professional photographer for almost 70 years. He started working in photography in Weimar Germany in the 1920s. Having fled Nazi Germany in the mid-'30s, he shot for LIFE magazine from its debut in 1936 until it ceased publishing as a weekly in 1972. After LIFE was shuttered, Eisenstaedt kept photographing until the mid-1990s.

Eisenstaedt was "renowned for his ability to capture memorable images of important people in the news, including statesmen, movie stars and artists" and for his candid photographs, taken with a small 35mm Leica camera and typically with only natural lighting. Below is a selection of 30 fascinating black and white photographs of Paris taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt in 1963.

Young Parisian women at a discotheque.

Woman looking out her window at street with pigeons lining the sidewalk below her.

Young Parisians dancing at a discotheque.

Two young Parisian women on a balcony.

Young Parisians dancing at a discotheque.

Young Parisian women dancing together at a discotheque.

Parisians at a sidewalk cafe.

Parisian children playing in the street.

Parisian beatniks hanging out on bank of the Seine.

Parisians at a street market.

Amphibious car crossing the Seine.

Two weary American tourists resting on sofa in gallery of the Louvre.

Parisian woman feeding pigeons in park.

Ceramic hounds in window of antique shop.

Gendarme directing traffic.

Young Parisians dancing at a discotheque.

Montmartre sidewalk artist and an admirer.

Parisian couple embracing at a discotheque.

Young Parisians dancing at a discotheque. Golfe Drouant Gallery?

Two elderly Parisian women meeting in the street.

Parisian men playing cards on box top in square of Ile de la Cite.

91 year-old painter visiting the Louvre.

Montmartre sidewalk artist and monkey entertaining tourists in the Place du Terte near Sacre Coeur.

Parisian children riding merry-go-round in a playground.

Parisian girl dressed for her first communion accompanied by family members.

Woman in window of public baths.

Two Parisian boys "fighting a duel" in the street.

Parisians on the banks of the Seine.

Stamp collectors trading stamps on the Avenue Matignon.

Barge on a canal.

(Photos by Alfred Eisenstaedt, via LIFE archives)


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