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Pictures of Belleville

Photographs of Rue Sainte-Marthe, boulevard de Belleville, rue de Belleville, boulevard de la Villette, rue Piat, the lycée Diderot, rue de la Grange-aux-Belles, rue Bichat, by photographer David Henry.

For the last eighty years or so, Belleville has been an Algerian neighborhood, or more precisely, north African, there are plenty of people from Morocco and Tunisia also. More generally, Belleville has been a neighborhood of immigration: there are plenty of people from other parts of Europe and Eastern Europe. There is also a significant Jewish population. The interesting thing here is that they are quite mixed in with the North Africans: there are plenty of restaurants in Belleville that offer both North African and Jewish cuisine. In the last 10 years many Asians have moved to Belleville, to the point where the neighborhood has become known as another Chinatown. Regardez cette page en français

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Left untouched by urban renewal of the last 30 years, Rue Sainte-Marthe is an exception in Belleville

Windows and façades on rue Sainte-Marthe, Belleville

A man walks up the street past photographer Jérôme Gorin’s gallery storefront, at 15, rue Sainte Marthe.

The north side of rue Sainte-Marthe in Belleville

A group of school kids run down rue Sainte-Marthe, in the 10th arrondissement.

The sun setting on rue Sainte-Marthe, Belleville

Apartment buildings, artist studios and clothing boutiques on Rue Sainte-Marthe.

Shop storefronts on rue Sainte-Marthe, the 10th arrondissement

On weekdays, rue Sainte-Marthe’s many bars and restaurants open after dark, bringing the street to life.

Place Sainte-Marthe on a weekday afternoon

A painting on the side of a merry-go-round kiosk on the south side of boulevard de Belleville, across from «Le Président» restaurant.

The spirit of Belleville

Gabriel Aymard passes the brush while working on a trompe l’œil painting on the door of his studio on rue Saint-Marthe

A sidewalk art lesson on rue Saint-Marthe

Signs for Asian businesses along the eastern side of rue de Belleville in the 20th arrondissement.

Signs for Asian businesses along the eastern side of rue de Belleville

The Bornibus mustard company’s sign at 58, boulevard de la Villette.

The Bornibus mustard company’s sign on boulevard de la Villette

A neighborhood renown for its springs

Cleaning haunted streets in Belleville

A sunset seen from the heights of Belleville.

The sun sets over Belleville

September 21st, 2001, was the day of a techno festival all around Paris. The staff at this news stand set up a sound system and people hung out dancing until late in the evening.

A discothèque set up inside a news stand

Just behind these people is parc de Belleville

Some people standing along rue Piat

Some durian fruit at an Asian market just next door. Durian has an extremely pungent smell you can still notice when the market is closed.

Some durian fruit at an Asian market

Spectators at some Chinese New Year’s celebrations on rue de Belleville.

Spectators at Chinese New Year’s celebrations on rue de Belleville

A delegation in a Chinese New Year’s parade marches up rue de Belleville.

A delegation in a Chinese New Year’s parade marches up rue de Belleville

This how my neighborhood looks on a nice, sunny day. The laundromat has closed. Soon after it closed I saw sign saying, «Fermature définitive: Changement d’activité». I wondered what the next activities would be, but not for long because soon after I saw huge piles of fruits and vegetables inside. This told me that the storefront would become another market.

This how the neighborhood looks on a nice, sunny day

The guests of honor at an occasional Soirée des Sardines.

Sardines roasting at courtyard cookout

The lycée Diderot at 60, boulevard de la Villette was an artist’s squat until it was closed in 2001.

The lycée Diderot at 60, boulevard de la Villette

A building that formerly housed a company named «Société Chimique de Clichy», across the street from Hôpital Saint-Louis at 31, rue de la Grange-aux-Belles, squatted by 15 artists in August 1995, closed June 8th 2000 and subsequently renovated.

An artists’ squat on rue de la Grange aux Belles

The owner’s daughter proudly wields a Nikon F3 at the Long Photo Lab, at 69 rue de Belleville. As far as I can tell, the photo labs Belleville are the best deal for photo finishing in Paris.

The Long Photo Laboratory

I took this picture just after a heavy, noisy hale storm, when the sun came out fiercely.

A view of a courtyard just after a hale storm

Cooking up brochettes at a Bastille Day party in the courtyard, 2000.

Cooking up brochettes at a courtyard Bastille Day party

A woman sleeping in an African restaurant, on rue Bichat.

A woman sleeping in an African restaurant on rue Bichat

A preacher delivering his message with art, at the corner of rue de Belleville and boulevard de la Villette

A sidewalk preacher delivering his message with art

People doing the strangest of things with dogs in the neighborhood.

People doing the strangest of things with dogs on rue de Belleville


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