Arts & Culture

William Keo’s Visions of the French “Banlieues”

Young people on a roof. Verneuil-sur-Seine, France, 2023. © William Keo / Magnum Photos
A protester shouts "ACAB." Paris, France, 2023.
Friends gather in a backyard. Aulnay-sous-Bois, France, 2023.
Friends gather in a backyard. Aulnay-sous-Bois, France, 2023.
At the "La Redoute" Housing Project. Ile-de-France, France, 2023.
At the "La Redoute" housing project. Ile-de-France, France, 2023.
A covered market that had been attacked by rioters. L'Häy-les-Roses, France, 2023.
Demonstrations against racism and police violence. Paris, France, 2020.
A police check near the Champs-Elysées. Paris, France, 2023.
A man walks past police offers on his way home during a demonstration against police violence after Adama Traoré's death in 2016. Paris, France, 2020. All images © William Keo / Magnum Photos
A police officer from the anti-crime brigade (BAC) in the street. Blanc-Mesnil, France, 2022.
The body of a 66-year-old migrant from South Sudan is being prepared for repatriation to Juba, his native city. Bobigny, France, 2020.
Inside Villepinte prison, where more than 1000 people are detained despite the maximum capacity of 546. Villepinte, France, 2022.
An IV hangs on the wall of an unconscious man's apartment as the SAMU (emergency services) are called. Saint-Denis, France, 2022.
During Ramadan, migrants pray just after breaking their fast. Aubervilliers, France, 2019.
Spectators during a match at the "African Cup of Nations," a community-organized event in Aulnay-sous-Bois. France, 2022.
Local resident Ysnear sits on the roof of a school in the "La Zup" housing project. Fontenay-sous-Bois, France, 2023.