The Liberation of Paris, Then and Now

The battle now called the Liberation of Paris took place August 19-15, 1944, when French Resistance fighters rose up within, and the Free French Army and the U.S. Third Army (under General Patton) all cooperated to evict the German occupiers from Paris, and later all of France. Seventy years later, Julien Knez undertook a photography project to commemorate the events. As Google translates:

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Paris, I decided to immerse myself in the end of August 1944 to achieve this before-after some places this event which marks Paris forever. I looked for vintage photographs from old books, magazines, and on eBay where many documents appear. It was a pretty moving experience, a kind of awareness of this historic event. Imagine the courage of these men and women of all ages, and all won by the infinite thirst for freedom finally at hand. Difficult this year 2014 project into the skin of a young Parisian this time. What would I do? Impossible to say as emotions should be at their peak. Photos in hand and camera on the shoulder, so I toured Paris in search of the places photographed 70 years earlier by anonymous and famous photographers like Robert Doisneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Roger-Viollet and Robert Capa.

There are 50 photographs in the collection, which you can see here. -Thanks, Julien!


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