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Tents in the city.


Bruno Fert

In December 2005, the NGO « Médecins du Monde » delivered tents to the homeless in Paris. For the NGO, « Beyond being a shelter, these tents are a symbol. They are beacons of distress, targeting the places where those people are forced to sleep »

At the beginning, for me, these “igloo” tents evoked recollections of holidays and nature. Although I was aware of the sad reality, their presence in Paris seemed anachronistic and unreal. One year later, tents are everywhere in Paris and some places look like refugee camps. Many homeless people have spent there savings to buy their own tents. Some gather and recreate villages in the middle of a square or a boulevard. Others, more solitary, put up their houses far from the public view. I have photographed these tents as a new type of housing, on an equal footing with the buildings that compose our urban landscape.


 

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Tents distributed to the homeless by the NGO "Médecins du Monde". George Pompidou Centre. Paris, February 2006

Paris, France - 15/02/2006

 

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Tents distributed to the homeless by the NGO "Médecins du Monde". Pont Marie, Paris, France, December 2005.

Paris, France - 15/12/2005

 

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Tents distributed to the homeless by the NGO "Médecins du Monde". Avenue de Wagram, Paris, France, January 2006.

Paris, France - 15/01/2006

 

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Tents distributed to the homeless by the NGO "Médecins du Monde". Métro Stalingrad, Paris, France, December 2005.

Paris, France - 15/12/2005

 

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Tents distributed to the homeless by the NGO "Médecins du Monde". Montmartre. December 2006.

Paris, France - 15/12/2006

 

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Tents distributed to the homeless by the NGO "Médecins du Monde". Faidherbe Chaligny, Paris, France, January 2006.

Paris, France - 15/01/2006

 

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Tents distributed to the homeless by the NGO "Médecins du Monde". Quai des Célestins, Paris, France, October 2006.

Paris, France - 15/10/2006

 

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Tents installed on the banks of the Saint-Martin canal by the association "Les enfants de Don Quichotte". Paris, France. January 2007.

Paris, France - 15/01/2007

 

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Tents distributed to the homeless by the NGO "Médecins du Monde". Tunnel of the Quai d'Austerlitz, Paris, France, October 2006.

Paris, France - 15/10/2006

 

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Tents distributed to the homeless by the NGO "Médecins du Monde". Gare d'Austerlitz, Paris, France, February 20006

Paris, France - 15/02/2006



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