No frills: US photographer's haunting pictures of Paris in 1946

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LIFE magazine republishes a selection of photographer Ed Clark's compelling black and white portraits of a city exhausted by war.

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In early 1946, photographer Ed Clark journeyed to Paris (“the grand courtesan of all cities,” LIFE called the ancient town) to record the look and the feel of the French capital less than a year after the end of the Second World War, reports LIFE, as it republishes 21 of Clark's haunting photos.