Open All Night


Artwork Details:

  • Original Silver Gelatine print, developed and printed by Harold Chapman
  • Ilford photographic paper
  • 1/1
  • 38 x 33 cm 
  • Mounted
  • Signed 

“Les Halles, Paris, France, after midnight.

Au Pied de Cochon in Rue Coquilliere never closed day or night.  A gang of friends are drinking at the bar where they will soon be joined by butchers drenched in blood and tourists smartly dressed…  Open all night, it was a favourite entertainment in the centre of Paris.  The bar curved round a corner which was my favourite place.  I could hide my camera behind the bar and, unobserved, quickly take a picture.”

Harold Chapman 

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Harold Chapman was born in Deal in 1927.  As a child, his father introduced him to the magic of photography. Harold was self-taught.  He started his career as a jazz photographer in Soho. Meeting Vogue photographer, John Deakin, changed his life. He went to Paris and became a street photographer and was soon working for The New York Times.  In 1957 he moved into the Beat Hotel – then a hotel with no name – on the Left Bank and lived there untill it closed in 1963. Visit Artist page

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