PRACTICALLY PSYCHEDELIC

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Many a Parisian admires Saint-Eustache. The church is historic, socially committed – and collects art. During the 1871 Commune, a woman preached the abolition of marriage here. These days, its clergy here are equally proud of their food bank, their free organ recitals (Sundays at 5:30) and their altarpiece by Keith Haring.

On a sunny autumn day, it’s something special.

Photos by Steve Sampson; all rights reserved

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TRULY UNDERGROUND

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They were never meant to be seen in public. Yet they are treasures. In honour of Paris Photo 2016, designer Agnès B has filled her gallery with portraits of transvestites. All are amateur and they were taken over a century.

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It’s a fascinating look at lives we can barely imagine.

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Called Mauvais Genre (French for “bad form” or “the wrong impression”), the collection was assembled by Sébastien Lifshitz. In 2012, Lifshitz made The Invisibles, documentary that gave a voice to gay elders.

It won him the César for best documentary. But, with these photos, each one seems to hold an entire history.

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• Part of the collection appears in the catalogue, Mauvais Genre

All photographs owned by Sébastien Lifshitz

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