Gaston Paris (1905-1964) is one of the great protagonists in the history of photography. As a much published photographer, he was one of the most popular reporters in the Paris of the 1930s. Whether his subject was the dancers of the Folies Bergère or the impoverished inhabitants of the Parisian suburbs, he staged everything with formal perfection. His admiration for the cinema is reflected in his pictures that often have the effect of perfect film stills. With his reports he created a vibrant image of Paris before the Second World War. After 1945, he produced photographic reports from the French zones of occupation before starting work for the new genre of photo novels.