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Haunting Photo Series Features Paris' Forgotten Generation

"Souvenir d'un Futur" chronicles the lives of elderly Parisians who live in the city's historic concrete housing estates.
Joseph, 88, at Les Espaces d’Abraxas in Noisy-le-Grand, 2014
Joseph, 88, at Les Espaces d’Abraxas in Noisy-le-Grand, 2014

Enchanted by Paris' concrete housing estates and their longtime residents, self-taught photographer Laurent Kronental launched "Souvenir d'un Futur," or "Memory of a Future," a captivating photo series that combines the past and future to reveal a stark generational divide.

Kronental began the ongoing project in 2011, chronicling the lives of elderly Parisians lingering in the city's historic "grands ensembles" -- massive housing complexes built after World War II.

Poignantly contrasting the aging buildings and their inhabitants, he said the series encourages viewers to reflect on the resilience of senior citizens who are "sometimes neglected" in a world that focuses on youth.

"I was literally absorbed by the atmosphere of the megalopolis and by its astounding mix of futurism and tradition," Kronental told The WorldPost. "[The architecture] deeply inspired my series by sketching the setting that I wanted to explore: a timeless universe, oscillating between future and past, marked by the wrinkles of its arabesques of concrete."

Take a look at more of the artist's extraordinary photographs on his website and below.

  • Alain, 80, at Les Damiers in Courbevoie, 2013
    Laurent Kronental
    Alain, 80, at Les Damiers in Courbevoie, 2013
  • Le Pavé Neuf in Noisy-le-Grand, 2015
    Laurent Kronental
    Le Pavé Neuf in Noisy-le-Grand, 2015
  • José, 89, at Puteaux-La Défense, 2012
    Laurent Kronental
    José, 89, at Puteaux-La Défense, 2012
  • José, 89, at Les Damiers in Courbevoie, 2012
    Laurent Kronental
    José, 89, at Les Damiers in Courbevoie, 2012
  • Denise, 81, at Cité Spinoza in Ivry-sur-Seine, 2015
    Laurent Kronental
    Denise, 81, at Cité Spinoza in Ivry-sur-Seine, 2015
  • Josette, 90, at Vision 80 in Esplanade de La Défense, 2013
    Laurent Kronental
    Josette, 90, at Vision 80 in Esplanade de La Défense, 2013
  • Jean, 89, at Puteaux-La Défense, 2011
    Laurent Kronental
    Jean, 89, at Puteaux-La Défense, 2011
  • Les Orgues de Flandre, 19e arrondissement Paris, 2014
    Laurent Kronental
    Les Orgues de Flandre, 19e arrondissement Paris, 2014
  • Jean-Claude, 82, at Les Espaces d'Abraxas in Noisy-le-Grand, 2014
    Laurent Kronental
    Jean-Claude, 82, at Les Espaces d'Abraxas in Noisy-le-Grand, 2014
  • Roland, 85, at Les Arcades du Lac in Montigny-le-Bretonneux, 2015
    Laurent Kronental
    Roland, 85, at Les Arcades du Lac in Montigny-le-Bretonneux, 2015
  • Jacques, 82, at Le Viaduc et les Arcades du Lac in Montigny-le-Bretonneux, 2015
    Laurent Kronental
    Jacques, 82, at Le Viaduc et les Arcades du Lac in Montigny-le-Bretonneux, 2015
  • Denise, 81, at Cité du Parc and Cité Maurice-Thorez in Ivry-sur-Seine, 2015
    Laurent Kronental
    Denise, 81, at Cité du Parc and Cité Maurice-Thorez in Ivry-sur-Seine, 2015
  • Joseph, 88, at Les Espaces d'Abraxas in Noisy-le-Grand, 2014
    Laurent Kronental
    Joseph, 88, at Les Espaces d'Abraxas in Noisy-le-Grand, 2014
  • Lucien, 84, at Les Espaces d'Abraxas in Noisy-le-Grand, 2014
    Laurent Kronental
    Lucien, 84, at Les Espaces d'Abraxas in Noisy-le-Grand, 2014
  • Les Espaces d'Abraxas in Noisy-le-Grand, 2014
    Laurent Kronental
    Les Espaces d'Abraxas in Noisy-le-Grand, 2014
  • Paulette, 83, at Les Damiers in Courbevoie, 2015
    Laurent Kronental
    Paulette, 83, at Les Damiers in Courbevoie, 2015