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THE BEACH EXHIBITION: THE COMPLICITY BETWEEN DEAUVILLE AND PHOTOGRAPHERS

The images show the complicity existing between Deauville and the leading photographers of the 20th century. Like open-air painters and Impressionists, they find their inspiration in a Deauville made of sea, light, and nice atmospheres. The beach exhibition, which is often their favourite place, is dedicated to them every year. Its uniqueness: a giant installation for extraordinary and often previously unseen images.

 

Roger Schall © Justine Jacquemot
Deauville, juin 1938 Barry Wall assiste à un concert sur les lais de mer © Jacques Henri Lartigue

FLASHBACK ON A CENTURY OF COMPLICITY
From 1906, Jacques Henri Lartigue has been capturing the events and the social life of Deauville. From 1919 on, the Séeberger brothers were often asked by fashion designers to go to Deauville to capture female models wearing Paul Poiret, Jean Patou, Coco Chanel or Madeleine Vionnet clothes in a city renowned for elegance. Fashion photography has also attracted to the beach of Deauville and the architecture of beach cabins Jean-Loup Sieff, Guy Bourdin, Peter Lindbergh... In 1952, Robert Capa started to take photos during horse races, at the Bar du Soleil and during the crazy nights in Deauville. In 1963, he made an advertising campaign for Kodak and captured horse races again. The photographers working for Magnum Photos came several times: Leonard Freed in 1964, Bruno Barbey in 1966, Sarah Moon in 1970 and Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1973. In 1980, John Batho made his famous series about beach umbrellas on the beach of Deauville, printed in a squared format on Fresson paper. This story is still alive today, as shown by the residencies organized during the Planche(s) Contact Festival, and by the frequent requests recevied by international magazines that often choose Deauville as their photographic studio.
 

Deauville, juin 1938 Barry Wall assiste à un concert sur les lais de mer © Jacques Henri Lartigue

Koto Bolofo, 2019 guest

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2017: THE IDEAL STUDIO BY PETER KNAPP
The first retrospective presented by the Planche(s) Contact Festival consists in fashion pictures taken in the 1970s-80s by Peter Knapp for Maison Courrèges or magazines Elle or Stern. The Boardwalk and the foreshore of Deauville were the perfect setting both for fashion and for a personal series titled composés-recomposés. These blue monochrome photographs in which the only pattern is the sky were taken in Deauville, where he deepened his research.
 
2018: DEAUVILLE SUMMERS BY ROGER SCHALL (1934 > 1950)
In the 1930s, photographer Roger Schall (1904-1995) participated to the media revolution that led to the birth of illustrated press. He was one of the first users of the Rolleiflex camera and its squared images. He was one of the best French photo reporters at the time. He received photographic orders and made reports for VU, Match, L’Illustration, Marie-Claire… he discovered Deauville in 1934 and took several rigorous pictures of the town until 1950.
 
2017: DEAUVILLE BY PETER LINDBERGH
Peter Lindbergh was one of the most remarkable contemporary photographers of our time. He has been working for the most prestigious international brands and magazines. As a visionary, he shook up the codes of postmodern fashion photography integrating to his compositions a new image of women: in his works women are modern, emancipated from the old-fashioned codes of beauty, and he gives almost no importance to clothes. His timeless pictures do not care for the age of the subject. Since 1980, he has adopted the beach of Deauville for his fashion pictures. Two to three times per year, for 39 years, he has been capturing on the beach Catherine Deneuve, Antonio Banderas, Pascal Greggory and many more artists.
As a tribute to Joséphine Baker, he revealed Naomi Campbell, still unknown at the time, in 1988 and made sublime portraits of Linda Evangelista and Kristen McMenamy. He came to Deauville for the last time in May 2019 for Vogue Allemagne to pay tribute to Karl Lagerfeld.