Thomas Boivin‘s photographic narrative takes us on an intimate and winding voyage through the cafes, boutiques, and residences of a vibrant Parisian neighborhood with a bohemian flair – Ménilmontant.
Nestled in the northeastern part of the city, between Belleville and the Père Lachaise Cemetery, Ménilmontant was once the industrial hub of Paris but has now transformed into a haven for the bohemian community.
“In the fall of 2009, I relocated to Ménilmontant. My newfound passion for photography had recently blossomed, and upon arriving in this neighborhood, my life took a dramatic turn. Within a few short months, I made the decision to pursue photography as a career, secured a nighttime job as a commercial photographer, and stocked up on several hundred rolls of film. My days were spent wandering the streets, capturing the world through my lens, while I toiled away in the darkroom at night. This rhythm defined my life for the next decade.
Recently, as I sifted through my photographic archive, I unearthed numerous images that I had previously overlooked and underestimated. One by one, they came alive again. Within these frames, I’ve gathered still lifes, scenes from the streets, portraits of friends and strangers alike, creating a personal ode to those years. Yet, I hope that these photographs convey not just my experience but also capture the essence of Paris, a sentiment that may resonate with anyone who embarked on their journey into adulthood in the northeastern quarter of this city.” – Thomas Boivin
Boivin’s exquisite black-and-white analog photographs, printed with a rich open tritone process, are showcased in an elegant layout reminiscent of the countless classic French novels often found along the Seine’s banks.
About the Author
Born in 1983, graduated from the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg, Thomas Boivin lives and works in Paris. His work is notably found in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, in the Neuflize OBC collection, The Bachelot Collection, the Fondation A Stichting and the art fund Fond d’Art Contemporain – Paris Collection.