Foreword by Nick Waplington
Q&A with Ashleigh Kane (Dazed Magazine)
Shot in Paris over a period of 2 years 2020 – 2022, Boulton’s portraits within Paris Youth are from a mix of friends, new friends, muses, skaters, artists, designers and models. An exploration of Parisian youth culture, it's a look at the latest generation of kids who have either grown up in the various arrondissements or who have made it their home and are contributing to a new chapter in the cultural history of this dynamic city.
‘When I look at Dan Boulton’s photographs of Parisian youth I see that strength of will and determination. These pictures capture a positivity and resilience I have only seen before in the French portraits of Paul Strand, most famously in his portrait of a young Frenchman (“Jeune Garcon, Charente, 1951”). Like Strand, Boulton is a foreigner in France, and is able to see and portray a potency and vigor in the young that is too often notably absent in Anglo countries like the United States and Great Britain. These pictures movingly capture this emotive force, this combination of vulnerability, pride, strength. Like Strand’s portraits, Boulton’s images offer the viewer a glimpse of youth’s brave optimism in dark times.’