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Paul Almasy was born on May 29, 1906, in Budapest, Hungary. After studying political science in Austria and Germany, he became a press correspondent and photojournalist. In 1935, he founded the PASI Press Service / Service de Presse in Territet at Lake Geneva. Based in Monaco, he reported on World War II as a Swiss press correspondent from France, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

Following the liberation of Paris, Almasy settled there and became a French citizen in 1956. His travels as a reporter took him to every continent over the course of his career, and he worked for UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, IAO, and FAO.

From 1972 to 1989, Almasy taught at various French universities, including the Sorbonne and the Centre de formation et de perfectionnement des journalistes in Paris. In 1993, he was awarded the Ordre national du Mérite order of merit.

Paul Almasy died on September 22, 2003, in Jouars-Pontchartrain, in the French department of Yvelines.

The photographer [Paul Almasy], a Hungarian aristocrat who had given up a career as a diplomat to become a journalist, had based himself in the city after the war. Most often in this period – as a new book of his work, Paris, reveals – his camera dwelt on the lightness of the city as it reinvented itself: lovers dancing by the Seine, little visions of serendipitous comedy or grace in bars and cafes. (…)

– The Observer, UK

Post-War Paris through the eyes of photojournalist Paul Almasy


(…) Paris, by Paul Almasy, is a book for anyone who has ever been to Paris, thought about Paris, or simply heard the name (…)

–, USA

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