Analog life by Tamara Julien in Paris' Latin Quarter

Paris is beautiful. It has many hidden places and will always surprise you. I’ve lived in Paris for many years now. I prefer to show you something intimate and far from the cliché places. Paris is known for the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysées, and the Haussman buildings. I want to show the other side of Paris.

Here is the list of the places I photographed: Le Marais, Gare du Nord, Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin du Luxembourg, Bibliothèque François Mitterrand. The set was shot with an analog camera, FM2 or Canonet. I like the ambiance and timeless aspect of the ​​pictures.

Name:Tamara Julien

Right now I am finishing a book of analog photographs of Sri Lanka.


Preparing a four-week trip to South America next summer.

Tell us about Paris' Latin Quarter:

The Latin Quarter is like a little village. I’m lucky as I live three minutes away from the pedestrian street Rue Mouffertard, where Edgar Allan Poe and other famous artists lived. Here you can find delicious cheese, vegetables, fruits and almost anything else you’d need. There is a cute little place with a fountain where you can sip some red wine.

A perfect day in Paris?

Get up and drink coffee from the roaster at the end of my street. Meet with a friend for brunch at Café Léa. Go walk to Mouffetard street and travel the side streets to Le Jardin des Plantes. There are many things to visit here: La Ménagerie (a nice zoo) to see the firefox, the giant greenhouses that feel like a jungle, and two museums. Afterward, enjoy a mint tea at La Grande Mosquée de Paris.

What is the best thing about Paris?

There is always something new to discover or to visit!

What is the worst?

It’s always crowded. It’s difficult to find a quiet place.

What would be surprising about Paris to an outsider?

When it’s sunny, the parks and terraces of cafes are really crowded. It’s very difficult to find a free spot.

Who are three of your favorite artists?

Photographers Willy Ronis, Jean-Loup Sieff and Lee Miller


Name:Tamara Julien


Favorite place to eat:

Le Salon du Panthéon. It’s just above a cinema and it was decorated by Catherine Deneuve.

Favorite place to drink:

Deylan. I recommend the tea and the cheesecake.

Favorite shop:

Lil Weasel. It’s nice to visit because you can also discover more cute shops in the passageway.

Local tip:

Walk the side streets to discover marvelous hidden places.

Must do:

The walk I described in my perfect day, followed by a car ride to the city’s major sites at night. It’s magical.