Bye Bye Love Lock


magazine edited in paris by vincent moustache 2017

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hotography first saw the light of day on the banks of the Saône, but it was beside the Seine that it made its entrée into society, helped on its way first by the physicist-politician François Arago and then by Joseph Nicéphore Nicepce and Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, whose cooperation gave rise to the art of the daguerreotypes: the Pavillon de Flore, the Boulevard des Italiens with vestigial traces of shoeshine boy, the surprising sight of the almost dried-up bed of the Seine crowded with barges, and the roofs of paris with their bizarre forest of chimneys.

From 1839 something of love affair developed between Paris and photography, a romance...

THE BEGINNInG of:

"PARIS MON AMOUR"

JEAN-CLAUDE GAUTRAND

TASCHEN

2004

EDITORIAL BY THE MAYOR

Paris is the capital of love. Every year, couples from all over the world visit our city to celebrate their union. Some of them began to attach "love locks" on the side of the Passerelle des Arts and the bridge of Archevêché.

Those tokens of loves endangered the "Passarelle" and at the same time put the visitors at risk. In 2016, we replaced the lock-laden grills with Plexiglas panels, because the weight of the numerous locks was damaging the structures of the bridge.

Nevertheless, we believe that this chapter of Paris history should continue so that many tasting declarations of affection may be remembered.

For this reason, the city has imagined an auction, which proceeds will go to non-profit organizations working with refugees.

15 lock-laden grills and 150 clusters of "love locks" will be presented to potential buyers.

I would like to thank the Crédit Municipal of Paris, a key place for responsible credit in our city, for hosting this event. I am pleased to give to those romantic items a second life, especially since they were for anonymous lovers a token of their love, entrusted to a bridge in Paris...

Anne hidalgo

THE MAYOR

2017

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