The Tuileries Fairgrounds

The Tuileries fairgrounds are one of the only two fairgrounds in the centre of Paris (the second being the small fairgrounds in Bastille). It usually takes place in the Jardin des Tuileries during the summer between the end of July and the end of August.

Its story begins in a rocambolesque way, on a beautiful 1985 summer night, when some lorries entered the gardens of the Tuileries without permission. Today, it is an essential summer cultural attraction in the historic centre of Paris.
The location of the fairground attracts every year a large crowd of tourists and many Parisians with varied social backgrounds. It brings back to our childhood, also our adolescence, the merry-go-rounds, the fun of it and fairground culture that have endured in France for generations in our villages and provincial towns. 

The Tuileries fairground does not have the size or fame of La Foire du Trône in Le Bois de Vincennes but its historical environment make it  magnificent and unrivalled. It is a popular celebration in a majestic setting. I like to walk around and photograph its colours, its architecture, sometimes its graphic lines and simple moments of life. It is a work of memory of a culture that may disappear or may remain present for future generations.