Les Visages des Puces

Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen en portraits

Les Visages des Puces, a documentary portrait project on the flea market of Saint-Ouen

Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, located in the suburbs of Paris, is the biggest and one of the oldest flea markets in the world. It is said, that the expression “flea market” itself originates from here. It is a conglomerate of 14 smaller markets, each with its own features and speciality. It is a part of the cultural and historical heritage of France and a place of great touristic interest. Most importantly, it is a sophisticated social organism, a vast community of people who are passionate about their very special craft.

The goal of this project is to document the look and the spirit of the place in showing its face and soul. To show incredible diversity of its parts, which are merging together in one entity, while remaining the separate worlds.

This series portrays the people of The Market. Those, who live and work there, who actually create, preserve and change the place throughout its years and decades.


Photographer: Andrew Kovalev (ckovalev.com)
Interviews: Anastasia Grinkevich and Phil Erhart

Shot in 2011-2013, Saint-Ouen/Paris, France