Published in 1986 “Paris on foot” was the first book by an East German photographer making exclusive use of street photography to portray life in a foreign city. In achieving a circulation figure of 40,000 copies, the book gained true cult status in the GDR. The pictures were taken in April and May 1982 when Roger Melis was permitted to travel to the Seine for four weeks. Not intimidated by the iconic images of this place of yearning, he wandered the streets of Paris day by day and succeeded in creating a portrayal of the city that lived up to...
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