souvenirs de parisThames & Hudson
Photographical strolling in capitals : Paris, Brussels, London, New York, Tokyo, portraits of shops, a walk through shop fronts and settings surprising by their unexpected, poetic or off-the-wall nature. Incongrual juxtaposition of items, unlikely accumulations, graphical organisations, unusual decorations, living spaces meant to disappear with their owners… All locations presented here exist - they are even right before our very eyes, at the street corner - but we can no longer see them. Valérie Weill and Philippe Chancel still have this ability to look at and let be caught by surprised. Perec said it’s necessary to "question the usual, even though we are used to it." That is what these images do in their poetic quest of the ordinary.