Welcome to the text introduction
to the "Pending Publications" section of my web-portfolio.
Below you will find a brief outline of and background to what
you will find within.
History has always been my biggest hobby, but since I arrived
in Paris in 1989, it grew into an obsession. Though I love the
Paris city centre, I became increasingly drawn over the years
to the darker industrial districts and the city outskirts.
History wasn't so clean there: there was still substance clinging
to its bones. My first expositions were of the degrading Belleville
and St-Ouen districts, and later explorations turned to the
older divisions of the of Père Lachaise cemetary. It was around
then I got 'into fashion' and left my expositioins to the side,
but around 1997 I discovered the catacombes. Another
exposition, this time in the Flèche d'Or Café, a former station
of a railway running a ring around Paris - a railway that was
still in existence but in a state of abandon since 1934. Again
curious, I set out to photograph it with my friend and Ceinture
connaisseur Serguei Fillipov.
Near a thousand photos
and three hundred pages of text on the history of the lesser-known
outer regions of the capital, "Paris Autour de la Petite Ceinture"
(Paris around it's 'Petite Ceinture') is not yet a book, as
its subject is deemed 'difficult' to the major profit-before-trade
editing houses. On a more positive note, that project gave
birth to another: a rather fun "Ceinture promenade" booklet
involving satellite photography and street
maps. Both the book and the booklet are "Pending
of my portfolio.
To proceed to my portfolio, please click on either the 'index'
below or the 'jm-schomburg' heading above. If you would like
to go straight to the abovementioned works, you should choose
'Tome III - Pending Publications' from the 'Contents' page.
Though I haven't found an editor I'm still interested in one.
If you would like to contact me about that or anything you
have in mind about Parisian history you can contact me through
the envelope you will see in the lower right of your screen.
But for now, no matter your trade, please have a pleasant stay.