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The Universal Exhibition of 1900. A group of strollers on the Pont Alexandre III. On the left in the foreground the Italian pavilion, in the background the Turkish pavilion. Paris, 1900. Photo ©Léon et Lévy/Roger-Viollet. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Paris, France — Gustave Eiffel at the top of his eponymous tower, fish being unloaded at Les Halles, the famous food market and Belly of Paris, a glimpse inside the great Parisian couture house of Worth, the Paris Exhibition of 1900. These are just some of the views of Paris on or around the turn of the century that are being showcased at the Roger-Viollet photography gallery on the Left Bank of Paris in an exhibition entitled Paris 1900, a Belle Epoque on show until August 28th. And a Belle Epoque it was. If you can’t be in Paris right now, The Gourmet Gazette brings the show to you. See the Gourmet Gazette Slide Show at the end of the story.

The visionary engineer and builder Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923) at the top of the Eiffel Tower with his son-in-law and collaborator Mr. Salles. 1889. Photo ©Neurdein/Roger-Viollet. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

It was the Universal Exhibition and people came from all over the world wearing their finest apparel to stroll from the Pont Alexandre III to the Eiffel Tower and admire the most flamboyant of pavilions and structures, the most endearing perhaps being the Eiffel Tower itself. Days at the races were a favorite pastime as the capital was becoming a symbol of luxury and the French art of living. The exhibition brings together some 60 exceptional photographs depicting this splendid era in Paris.

Folding a blouse at the couture house of Worth. Paris, 1907. Photo ©Jacques Boyer/Roger-Viollet. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Roger-Viollet is a photo agency that was founded in 1938 by Hélène Roger-Viollet and Jean Fischer who bequeathed the extraordinary archive to the city of Paris in 1985. Roger-Viollet is one of the oldest French photo agencies and is a unique archive with over 6 million documents covering over 180 years of Parisian, French and International history and news. The exhibition space is open to the public complemented by the sale of prints and a bookstore.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette
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A Gourmet Gazette Slide Show

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