These images originate from Marville's series of photographs of Old Paris. Marville recorded urban landscapes present in districts of the pre-modern city prior to their demolition and reconstruction by Baron Haussmann in the late nineteenth century.
Charles Marville was a French photographer in the nineteenth century. Marville used the built environment and landscapes as subjects for his photographs. In 1862, Marville was named the official photographer of Paris. He is most well known for his photographs of pre-Haussmann Paris.