Paris 1950s

Encouraged by her friend and mentor Henri-Cartier Bresson to go onto the streets of Paris and take pictures, Stafford discovered both Boulogne-Billancourt , site of the Renault car factory and the overcrowded slum Cite Lesage-Bullourde, near the Bastille.

A maze of blind alleys and passages,  this over crowded slum, built around 1864,  for many years had housed a mixture of small craft workshops  and households  in unsanitary and cramped conditions. Many of its inhabitants were immigrants.

The Cite Lesage-Bullourde was demolished in 1984 to make way for the new Paris Opera –  Bastille and expensive modern apartment blocks. A small “passage” bearing its name and some modern buildings are all that remain.

Encouraged by her friend and mentor Henri-Cartier Bresson to go onto the streets of Paris and take pictures, Stafford discovered both Boulogne-Billancourt , site of the Renault car factory and the overcrowded slum Cite Lesage-Bullourde, near the Bastille.

A maze of blind alleys and passages,  this over crowded slum, built around 1864,  for many years had housed a mixture of small craft workshops  and households  in unsanitary and cramped conditions. Many of its inhabitants were immigrants.

The Cite Lesage-Bullourde was demolished in 1984 to make way for the new Paris Opera –  Bastille and expensive modern apartment blocks. A small “passage” bearing its name and some modern buildings are all that remain.