Walking with the Writers in Marseille

December 7th 2015

Posted by Tomasz Szustek

No matter how many times this image is going to be presented again, media always cherish another photo from Marseille with teenagers hanging around the blocks of flats with burned cars in the background and captions suggesting drug dealing activities in the process. Wrecked cars, guns (or their imitations) in the hands of young men or uneducated, unemployed youths in tracksuits stand for most common clichés. But every city has many faces, so has Marseille.

Unemployment, social exclusion of immigrants and their children, drugs drive criminality are major problems in northern suburbs of the city. These issues need to be addressed both by authorities and mainly by the communities living in affected areas. In the meantime, most of the city lives the ordinary life, little touched by the troubled northern districts.

This project is aimed to counterbalance the image of  Marseille. With more than 2500 years of vibrant history, the current overall image of the city doesn’t have to be the slave to its social problems and a few, quite successful movies. It’s a good  time to return to the classic authors of literature and let them be – through the street photography – a reference key to the contemporary, vivid  Marseille.

 

1. Alexandre Dumas
1. Alexandre Dumas
2. View of Chateau d'If
2. View of Chateau d'If
3. Emile Zola
3. Emile Zola
4. St. Charles railway station
4. St. Charles railway station
5. Gerald de Nerval
5. Gerald de Nerval
6. Fish market
6. Fish market
7. Arthur Koestler
7. Arthur Koestler
8. Busy street near Porte d'Aix
8. Busy street near Porte d'Aix
9. Joseph Conrad
9. Joseph Conrad
10. Canabiere St., Algerian football team fans
10. Canabiere St., Algerian football team fans
11. Jules Supervielle
11. Jules Supervielle
12. Street party at Vallon des Auffes
12. Street party at Vallon des Auffes
13. Joseph Mery
13. Joseph Mery
14. Prado Avenue
14. Prado Avenue
15. Horace Bertin
15. Horace Bertin
16. Bathing place
16. Bathing place
17. Albert Camus
17. Albert Camus
18. Memorial for the soldiers of the French Army in the Orient
18. Memorial for the soldiers of the French Army in the Orient
19. Walter Benjamin
19. Walter Benjamin
20. Northern Marseille
20. Northern Marseille