photographing the magic of paris's technicolour basketball court

Nestled between two inconspicuous Parisian apartment blocks lies a basketball court like no other. With a fresh new colour scheme, photographer Lotte Van Raalte captures the local kids hitting the court.

by Ryan White; photos by Lotte van Raalte
14 August 2017, 1:29pm

A collaboration between Paris-based photography agency Ill Studio, Nike and French label Pigalle, multicoloured basketball court Pigalle Duperré in Paris's 9th arrondissement has quickly become an iconic monument for the Instagram era. Named after its location, founder Stephane Ashpool and Nike first renovated the site in 2009, before painting it in blocks of bright primary colours for Pigalle Basketball's spring/summer 15 presentation.

With the support of Ill Studio and Nike -- who have recently collaborated with Pigalle on a new Nikelab collection -- the court has now been redecorated in gradient hues of purple, pink, red blue, orange and yellow. The result is even more stunning than before. Photographer Lotte Van Raalte went down to capture the local kids shooting hoops on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

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