Category Paris

www.johnypitts.com now live!

This won’t be the most riveting post you’ll read today, so we’ll keep it brief… Most of my articles can now be found on http://www.afropean.com, but I am looking at integrating this blog into my new personal website http://www.johnypitts.com, as a way of showing all the articles I personally write (rather than the articles I […]

www.afropean.com: A new Afro European Culture Magazine!

Afropean.com: A New Afro-European Resource The Afropean is a new online multimedia, multidisciplinary journal exploring the social, cultural and aesthetic interplay of black and European cultures, and the synergy of styles and ideas brought about because of this union. After winning an ENAR Award for a contribution toward a racism-free Europe with our Afropean Culture […]

Street Photo: Iya Traore

As you enter the Sacre Coeur from place St Pierre, you pass Ghanaians selling West African bracelets, Romany gypsies begging, French musicians strumming…various communities all trying to get hold of your Euros. But when you reach the top of Paris’ ‘sacred heart’ you are treated to the incredible skill of Guinean footballer Iya Traore, doing […]

Art Deco & Africa

Art Deco & Africa, 1925 This weekend, after picking up an ENAR Foundation Award in Paris for the Facebook page Afropean Culture (Woo Hoo!), I spent some time with my good friend Chris and his lovely (& expecting!) lady Naj at their home near the 13th Arrondissement. In between hours of musical indulgence (Chris is […]

10 Classic Escapist Music Videos for The Afropean Traveller

Few arts have developed the idea of Afropean as an aesthetic like music. Presented here are ten particularly beautiful videos born from a musician’s vision in which something fresh emerges from what W.E.B DuBois described as the ‘double consciousness’ of the black diaspora experience. They are also videos that transport us through time and space, […]

Clichy Sous Bois, Paris

At the end of a difficult few days in the Parisian ‘Banlieue’ of Clichy Sous Bois, I saw a snapshot of hope… © J A Pitts

Paris Metro

My time spent travelling through Europe was often in the caverns of the Metro system, where I searched for an interplay between cultures. I was interested in the mixed-race girl listening to her iPod whilst the musician played the dramatic theme from the movie ‘The GodFather’ on his accordion. But as a street photographer you […]