Francis, who celebrates working as a Bouquiniste for forty years this year, sets up his bookstall. (Photo by Kiran Ridley/Getty Images)
Bouquinistes are booksellers of used and antiquarian books along large sections of the banks of the Seine in Paris, France.
These open-air bookshops have lined the Seine for hundreds of years, but since Covid-19 has strangled tourism around the globe the iconic green sidewalk stands are struggling to stay open.
Below their story in photos by photographer Kiran Ridley.
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Customers browse the books at a Bouquinistes bookstall on the Left Bank of the river Seine on 3 January 2021 in Paris.
Francis, who celebrates working as a Bouquiniste for forty years this year, stands in front of his bookstall.
Francis talks to a customer at his bookstall.
Books for sale in a bookstall on the Left Bank of the River Seine.
Francis shows his ledger where he has sold €10 of books that day when he would normally sell €200.
George, who has been working as a Bouquiniste for over 40 years, sits at his bookstall.
Bernard Lefavre, who has been working as a Bouquiniste since 1967, sets up his book stall on the Left Bank of the river Seine.
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(All photos by Kiran Ridley/Getty Images)