• March 8 at 6:30 pm
  • Spadina Theatre
Exhibition -

This exhibition brings to the Alliance Française Toronto, a series of compelling, rarely seen photographs taken between 1949 and 1954 by photographer Marilyn Stafford in post war Paris.

Internationally published, Marilyn grew up during the 1930s in Cleveland, Ohio USA. In December 1948 Marilyn moved to Paris via New York, and briefly sang with a small music ensemble at Chez Carrère near the Champs Elysees. At the club she met Edith Piaf and also became friends with Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson, who both encouraged her work as a photographer. Marilyn photographed the neighbourhoods of the Bastille and Boulogne-Billancourt and her images of children from Cité Lesage-Bullourde near the Place de la Bastille featured in the exhibition provide rare insights into the daily lives of children in one of Paris’ poorest neighbourhoods.

Images curated by Julia Winckler (University of Brighton), with texts written by Julia Winckler and Adrienne Chambon (University of Toronto).

With the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of the Government of Canada, this exhibition is organized in conjunction with the co-curated exhibition ‘From Streets to Playgrounds, Representations of Children in Early 20th Century Toronto’, featuring archival photographs of Toronto’s Ward area, which reopens March 17th, 2017 at the City of Toronto Archives Gallery.

From March 8th to April 1st

In partnership with


Spadina Theatre
24 spadina road
M5R 2S7 Toronto, ON



Free admission