Photo Paris was first produced around 1988 as a single copy artists book, made up of pictures taken during August 1988 when the photographer was staying in Montreuil on the eastern fringe of the city. They were mostly taken on that fringe and in the working class areas of Belleville and Montmartre in the north-east of the city that tourists seldom visit. Much of Paris closes for August, with those who can afford it decamping for the countryside and coast, leaving the city to the poor and those who keep its vital services running, giving it a slightly different atmosphere, at times almost a ghost town.
Peter Marshall is a photographer and writer who taught photography for over 30 years. He took up photography seriously after studying photography, film and media studies as a part of his post-graduate teaching qualification in 1971. Later he studied with a number of well-known photographers, including Raymond Moore.
Since his first published work in 1973,
his pictures and writing on photography have appeared in a wide range of books
and magazines. For eight years he gained a large international audience writing
the commercial web site 'About Photography', developing it into a
major on-line resource on photography and the history of photography (his
material is no longer on-line.) He has lectured at international photographic
festivals in Bielsko-Biala, Poland (2005 and 2007) and Brasilia (2007.)
He now writes for his own >Re:PHOTO blog as well as occasionally for other sites. His pictures appear on the blog and also on other sites including 'London's Industrial Heritage', 'The Buildings of London', 'The River Lea' and 'My London Diary', as well as the 'Urban Landscapes' site which he runs with Mike Seaborne.
His work has been featured in international photographic festivals in Poland (2005) and Brazil (2007) and is in various public and private collections, including that of the Museum of London.