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Fully booked: a charming (and cramped) Marais bookstore.

Visiting Michael Fink is like visiting a curmudgeonly uncle with a hoarding disorder; you can barely see his diminutive figure behind the endless piles of books and magazines, and any question you ask is met by a great heaving sigh. At Comptoir de l’Image, Fink’s tiny shop focusing on photo books and collectible magazines, truculence is armor and bibliomania a talent. He has been running the business since 1993, and deeply loves every one of the two thousand editions that the shop has to offer. A quick glance at a stack of back issues of Vogue Paris, for example, and Fink could tell you which guest editors he does or doesn’t have in stock: “I don’t have Polanski anymore, but you might find the Orson Welles one at the bottom of the pile.” Located at 44 Rue de Sévigné, in the heart of the historic Marais district, Comptoir de l’Image is a perfect pit stop between Musée Carnavalet and Galerie Perrotin, or between Musée Picasso and Maison Européenne de la Photographie.

Comptoir de l’Image
44 Rue de Sévigné
75003 Paris

France

  • Words:
    Haydée Touitou
  • Photography:
    Kira Bunse
  • Words:
    Haydée Touitou
  • Photography:
    Kira Bunse
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