© Izis (Israëlis) Bidermanas, 1959, Boulevard de Rochechouart, Paris

Bidermanas was born in Lithuania, but in 1931, fleeing poverty, he arrived in the city he was to make his own: Paris. He loved touring Paris on foot, especially the working-class districts, and he photographed wherever he went. The poetry of his own vision, and his portraits of fellow creative intellects, made him the quintessential chronicler of the post-war capital - from its very stones to the heights of its cultural life. (+)