Cast aside by progression of time, the once thriving modernist estates of Paris are still standing. Constructed between the 1950’s and 1980’s in response to the housing crisis caused by the increase in urbanization and foreign migration, today these hulking grey formations are stigmatized by the media and marginalized by public opinion. While younger generations flock to more contemporary residences, many members of the housing projects’ original community have stayed put, loyal to the giant concrete vessels they call home.
Since 2011, French photographer Laurent Kronental has been documenting these discarded domains and the elderly population that inhabits them. Fascinated by what he refers to as “the poetry of aging environments slowly vanishing,” his series Souvenir d’un Futur is an exploration of a forgotten world and an exposition of the longevity of life.