Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Illegal Portuguese Immigrants of the 1960s
Gérald Bloncourt (born 1926), also known as Gérard Bloncourt, is a Haitian painter and photographer resident in the suburbs of Paris, France. Born in the small city of Bainet, in Haiti's Southeast Department, Bloncourt is a founding member of the Centre d'Art. Besides painting watercolors and frescoes, he also does etchings and drawings.
The photographs shown here are all of Portuguese immigrants in, or on their way to, France. Illegal immigrants, trying to make a buck in often appalling conditions.
A European story; how many Spanish, Turks, Greek, Italians did the same? These days the immigrants come from Africa and Asia and, however poor and bad conditions may have been in the 1960s, none received the hostility these new immigrants face.