A Slut Walk, a Rom Pride, filmmaker Tony Gatlif trouble with the french police and the « Nuit Blanche » here is an unexpected day shooting photos all over the city.
Last Saturday, I went to the Panthéon in Paris to cover the first Slut Walk in Paris. They are fighting against cliché about sexism and rape victim. Unfortunately, after a misunderstanding in the timing I arrived to late, and just got this picture of Gaëlle Hym, the instigator of the walk in Paris…
But, in Paris you can always be surprised, and this same afternoon was standing the first European Rom Pride, also in front of the Pantheon. Demonstrators where protesting against Tzigane treatment in all Europe.
As I was riding back to home, I found a huge concentration of « Gendarme mobile » (the special cops units dedicated to demonstrations) two streets away from the demonstration. As I was shooting picture to illustrate this article, I was ordered to stop shooting and erase my pictures. At my knowledge, there was no reason to do so and I refused. After threatening to send me to police station for about 10 minutes, they finally let me go away… with my pics.
If anybody know the legislation, I would be glad to have some more detailed informations about this kind of pictures. Anyway here is the pic (yep, the picture itself sucks, but after this, I had to publish it), with a small transformation, in order to avoid trouble 🙂
And finally the day ended with a cultural event, the « Nuit Blanche« . All night long a huge crowd had access to artistic installation all over the city… There was in fact way to much people to visit and shoot the installations, but it was a nice way to meet and talk with people in the streets of Paris and take pictures.