Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, otherwise known as (The Fleas) is one of of the most famous flea markets in Paris, and also the location of portrait Andrew Kovalev’s latest project entitled “Les Visages Des Puces” (The Faces of Fleas). Fascinated by the diverse array of shopkeepers, he set out to take portraits of them, in their shops, one merchant at a time. Kovalev says “Even the most chaotically decorated shop appears coherent. Every item is in its place, every little thing tells a story: about itself, about its previous owners and of course about the shopkeeper. From the beginning my goal was to show the connection between the owner and their shop.”
The project is currently at 60+ pictures (complete with side stories), with more trickling in slowly, as time goes along. You can check it out at http://thefleamarket.fr/
Below are some samples from the ongoing project.
Paul is a former luxury and fashion consultant who sells Brazilian furniture from 50s and 60s.
Marie is a former laboratory assistant who specializes in shabby chic. The albatross behind her is not for sale. He is her friend.
Franck and Louise are a former antique dealer and singer, respectively. Their shop is full of 20th century goods.
Via : petapixel.com
Image credits: Photographs by Andrew Kovalev and used with permission.