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Inside the lodge: portraits of Paris concierges
Concierges, or caretakers, have long been a typical feature of large apartment buildings in Paris. Living beside the entrance doors in what are often cramped lodges, they deliver the mail, clean the stairways, manage the rubbish bins and, with deter burglars and door-to-door salesmen. For many residents, the pleasant or unpleasant character of the concierge can play a key part in the quality of life in a building. Nadège Abadie went knocking at the doors of seven concierge lodges to present this series of portraits, in images and interviews, of Cybèle, Manuela, Elisabeth, Mariela, Abder, Marie-José and Paula, members of a profession increasingly threatened by service providers and security firms.
- (The series of portraits below is based on 'La Loge', a reportage of photos and sound recordings of interviews by Nadège Abadie, and for which Claire Bernengo directed the sound editing. Here, Mediapart English has translated extracts of the sound interviews with the concierges which Nadège Abadie recorded in French.)
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