Made in collaboration with David Luraschi from a misunderstood proposal.
"I met Birthe Steinbeck with David in Arles, during the photography festival. A few months later, Birthe sent us an email about a special Paris issue, for the SZ. The idea was to ask several Parisian photographers to offer their own version of a “Parisian postcard”. As we were both recipients of this same email, we understood that he requested us to work and shoot together.
So David and I started exchanging references and memories, about our vision of a “Parisian postcard”. Later, we understood that Birthe was asking us to make one each, separately !
But since we had already started to brainstorm, we decided to make something out of this, to use what emerged from our creative discussions. David would be a character in my picture, and I would be one in his.
I made a family picture inspired by Francisque Poulbot’s works. Poulbot is an illustrator from the beginning of the 19th century, famous for portraying street children from the north of Paris, especially those from Montmartre. They became “Poubolt kids”. Later, in the 1960s, his work inspired another illustrator called Michel Thomas who made postcards, his own “Poulbot kids”, that became very popular in the tourist shops.
For SZ Magazin, I offered my own version of a Poulbot family with David as one of the “kids” ;)