In 1900, 17 000 tons of food transited through the spectacular Halles de Paris. In 1950, that amount had reached 678 000 tons (a staggering 40% jump!), equivalent to 20% of the total French agricultural production. During the decades of unprecedented postwar economic growth known as Les Trente glorieuses [The Glorious Thirty], the raucous bustle of the mythical food market and its variegated demi-monde (butchers, porters, prostitutes, all-night cafés with suicidal drinkers) were just about the best show in town. Unfortunately, traffic issues and the sore need for massive repairs as well as modernization meant a death warrant for the magnificent iron and glass pavilions built by Victor Baltard during the Second Empire. See, through an array of press pictures or photos by Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Martha Carroll and others, the heyday and the dismantling of the City of Light’s much-loved and gutsy food market.
The same conference will be offered three times.
Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE by calling The French Class at (415) 362-3666