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" Try the portrait of a city is impossible. At the most as it will be obtained the rumor of the quoted ".
               William Eugène Smith

Situated between the Loire and the swamp, the city of Paimboeuf was for a long time an island. Of its most moved back past remains almost nothing more if it is not a menhir. It is the history of these last three centuries that is the richest and the most visible. During this period, Paimboeuf, knows as well its peak as its decline. The beautiful houses of the quay Eole, the old Sub-prefecture, the hospital and its chapel of the XVIIIth century, the court, the cinema of the 30s, the intermunicipal swimming pool, worker districts, quays with the lighthouse and the shed the last witnesses of the industrial past of the city.

The development of the north bank of the Loire with the construction of the port of Saint-Nazaire then the terminals of Montoir and Donges signed little by little the end of the period of glory of Paimboeuf. It is in 1998 with the closure of factories Khulmann then the Station FRENCH NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY which sounds the knell of the municipality. 10 000 inhabitants in the peak there is there only 3200 in 2009 during the last census. Little by little the city withdraws on itself, many businesses close, little find buyer.

Behind this visible desertification hides one quoted in the certain charm among which the edges of the Loire, the transverse passages, the swamps which surrounds it, the light so particular and changeable, and the sea so close. All this creates an atmosphere in the poetic scents and urges the adventurous spirit to discover this hidden beauty which comes to light to the one who knows how to look at it.

This photographic study does not aim to be an exhaustive inventory but rather the expression of the will to discover what composes this place and to share it. It is also and before any a testimony on the territory which, fast-changing, has to find a new breath at the risk of getting lost …

Paimboeuf, of the [territory] where I live was presents within the framework of the biennial event of contemporary art Estuary 2012.

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