France

Biography: photojournalist Marc Riboud

Biography: photojournalist Marc Riboud

Marc Riboud (1923 – 2016) was a French photographer. Riboud was born in Saint-Genis-Laval and went to the lycée in Lyon. He photographed his first picture in 1937, using his father’s Vest Pocket Kodak camera. In 1943 the 20-year-old Riboud joined the French Resistance, and was part of the Maquis forces in Vercors. After the war he studied engineering at…
Vintage: Victor Hugo’s Funeral (1885)

Vintage: Victor Hugo’s Funeral (1885)

Victor Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Victor Hugo’s death from pneumonia at the age of 83, generated intense national mourning. He was not only revered as a towering figure in literature, he was a statesman who shaped the Third Republic and democracy in France. More…
Biography: photographer of nudes – Pierre Molinier

Biography: photographer of nudes – Pierre Molinier

Pierre Molinier (1900 – 1976) was a French painter, photographer and “maker of objects”. One-time member of the surrealists cast out by Andre Breton for being beyond the pale. A photographer who pioneered the exploration of sexuality outside the norm through mock-victorian staged photos and photo montages made in the 60s and 70s. His photos of himself and others cross-dressing…
Biography: photographer Edouard Boubat

Biography: photographer Edouard Boubat

Edouard Boubat (1923 – 1999) was a French art photographer. He grew up on the Rue Cyrano-de-Bergerac, Montmartre. As the son of an army chef, he heard many tales of the Great War, in which his father served as a cook on the front lines and was wounded three times. In 1938, Boubat attended the École Estienne, where he studied…
Biography: 19th Century photographer of Nudes – Bruno Braquehais

Biography: 19th Century photographer of Nudes – Bruno Braquehais

Auguste Bruno Braquehais (1823-1875) was a French photographer active primarily in Paris in the mid-19th century. His photographic work documenting the 1871 Paris Commune is considered an important early example of photojournalism. While largely forgotten after his death, his work was rediscovered during preparations for the Commune’s centennial in 1971, and his photographs have since been the exhibited at numerous…
Vintage: Coca-Cola in France (1950)

Vintage: Coca-Cola in France (1950)

After the war Coke decided to raise its profile and capitalize on the proliferation of refrigerators in French homes. In 1950, the Coca-Cola company decided the people of France were ready for the great taste of Coke. via Mark Kauffman/LIFE archives
Vintage: Wedding Dresses from the 1920s and 1930s

Vintage: Wedding Dresses from the 1920s and 1930s

Collection of glamorous wedding dresses in France which were published on Les Modes (Paris). At the beginning of the 1920s, women were moving from their confined Edwardian corsets to rejecting them completely with their “dropped waist” dresses. But by the end of the 20s, the waist became popular again as women enjoyed their curves.
Historic B&W photos of Paris, France, late 19th Century

Historic B&W photos of Paris, France, late 19th Century

Late in the 19th century, Paris hosted two major international expositions: the 1889 Universal Exposition, was held to mark the centennial of the French Revolution and featured the new Eiffel Tower; and the 1900 Universal Exposition, which gave Paris the Pont Alexandre III, the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais and the first Paris Métro line. Paris became the laboratory of…
Biography: Nude photographer Julien Vallou de Villeneuve

Biography: Nude photographer Julien Vallou de Villeneuve

Julien Vallou de Villeneuve (1795 – 1866) was a French photographer. He started his career at the Salon of 1814, exhibiting images depicting daily life, fashion, regional costumes and nude photographs. In the 1820s and 30s he developed an international following for his folio-sized lithographic erotic series Les Jeunes Femmes, depicting racy episodes in the life of young women and…
Biography: Pictorial photographer Robert Demachy

Biography: Pictorial photographer Robert Demachy

Robert Demachy (1859–1936) was a French Pictorial photographer of the late 19th and early 20th century. He is best known for his intensely manipulated prints that display a distinct painterly quality. He was influenced by the Impressionist painters and spent most of his time making photographs and developing his theories on photography, both technical and aesthetic. He wrote thousands of…
Historic B&W photos of Bordeaux, France (19th century)

Historic B&W photos of Bordeaux, France (19th century)

The 19th century is synonymous with the Industrial Revolution and the city of Bordeaux was developed and modernised during this period. The population doubled, to reach 230,000 inhabitants in 1891. At the end of the 19th century it finally and proudly became a Republican city. Artistic competitions were organised to show its political affiliation and the “Bronze Horses of the…
Biography: Abstract / Nude photographer Fernand Fonssagrives

Biography: Abstract / Nude photographer Fernand Fonssagrives

Fernand Fonssagrives (1910 – 2003), born near Paris, France, was a photographer known for his ‘beauty photography’ in the early 1940s, and as the first husband of the model Lisa Fonssagrives. His most memorable work traces the unique partnership he had with his first wife, legendary model Lisa Fonssagrives (originally a dancer and the love of Fernand’s youth, who then…
Interview with Fine Art Landscape photographer Michel Rajkovic

Interview with Fine Art Landscape photographer Michel Rajkovic

There are places that carry you, lights that you freeze and moods that you fill emotions. It is through a long period of research and location scouting that his work begins. Michel Rajkovic does not try to capture the landscape as we perceive it. On the contrary, patiently, with long exposure technics, he invites the time and chance to bring…
Biography: City Life photographer Willy Ronis

Biography: City Life photographer Willy Ronis

Willy Ronis (1910 – 2009) was a French photographer. He was a son of Jewish immigrants from Russia and Lithuania. He started with photography in his father portrait studio. In 1936 after death of his father Ronis went free-lance, continuing with commercial commissions and beginning reportage. Ronis joined the photo agency Rapho together with Brassaï, Robert Doisneau and Ergy Landau.…
Biography: Portrait photographer Nadar

Biography: Portrait photographer Nadar

Nadar was the pseudonym of Gaspard-Félix Tournachon (6 April 1820 – 23 March 1910), a French photographer, caricaturist, journalist, novelist, and balloonist. He is remembered as a photographer, for the portraits that he made of his great contemporaries. The Museum’s print of the Taylor portrait is a woodburytype, a kind of print in which the image is formed by ink…
Biography: People photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue

Biography: People photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue

Jacques Henri Lartigue (June 13, 1894 – September 12, 1986) was a French photographer and painter, most famous for his photographs of automobile races, planes and fashionable Parisian women. Presented with his first camera at seven, he illustrated a witty, sophisticated, and detailed large-format diary of his life (in some 125 volumes) with thousands of photographs. Lartigue was a privileged…
Michael Kenna: France

Michael Kenna: France

Kenna first visited France in 1973 and has been photographing there since the early 1980s. He has produced thousands of photographs on subjects such as Mont St Michel, Le Notre’s Gardens, the Calais Lace Factories and Chateau Lafite Rothschild. France encompasses work from these projects and many others. Comprising 275 duotone plates, this gorgeous new book was edited by the…