Francois Prost’s Photographs Show Parisian Architecture Like You’ve Never Seen It
Francois Prost would knock on strangers’ doors. To get the right perspective for the photographs of the 20th-century mid- and high-rises in his Faubourg series, he would often shoot from apartments in other buildings nearby. “I had to find the highest point of view possible,” he explains of the subjects, structures in poor neighborhoods on the outskirts of Paris (faubourg is French for suburb). At that vantage, and with Prost shooting at specific times on very clear days, the buildings take on an almost otherworldly appearance. “They show a different side of Paris, instead of the usual Eiffel Tower,” says the artist, who got the idea for the series after the 2005 riots in the city’s suburbs. Two dozen of these images, along with over 100 from his other series, are in “Photostories,” through November 16 at Superette, a Parisian gallery specializing in photography and film.