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THE EXHIBITION ON THE BEACH: THE COMPLICITY OF DEAUVILLE WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHERS

There is no shortage of images to illustrate Deauville's complicity with the great photographers of the XXe century. Like the outdoor painters and the impressionists, they drew inspiration from Deauville influenced by the sea, the light and the atmosphere of the city. The beach exhibition - often their favorite place - is dedicated to them every year. Its particularity, a giant installation for exceptional and often unpublished images.

 

Roger Schall © Justine Jacquemot
Deauville, June 1938 Barry Wall attends a concert on the sea lice © Jacques Henri Lartigue

FLASHBACK ON A CENTURY OF COMPLICITY
From 1906, Jacques Henri Lartigue photographs the events and social life of Deauville. From 1919, the Séeberger brothers regularly go to Deauville at the request of the couturiers to immortalize, in a high place of elegance, women dressed by Paul Poiret, Jean Patou, Coco Chanel or Madeleine Vionnet ... Fashion photography has also attracted to the beach de Deauville, and in the architecture of its bathing cabins, Jean-Loup Sieff, Guy Bourdin, Peter Lindbergh... In 1952, Robert Capa, immortalizes the races, the Bar du Soleil and the crazy nights of Deauville. Robert Doisneau carried out an advertising campaign for Kodak in 1963 and took the opportunity to photograph the races. Photographers from Agence Magnum will come several times: Leonard freed in 1964, Bruno barbey in 1966, Sarah Moon and in 1970 Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1973. It was in 1980 that John batho realizes on the beach of Deauville, his famous series of parasols, in square formats, on Fresson paper. The story continues today thanks to the residences of the Festival Planche (s) Contact but also at the request of international magazines which choose Deauville as a photo studio.
 

Deauville, June 1938 Barry Wall attends a concert on the sea lice © Jacques Henri Lartigue

Koto Bolofo, the 2019 guest

Discover
2017: THE IDEAL STUDIO BY PETER KNAPP
First retrospective presented by the Planche (s) Contact festival, the fashion images produced in the 1970s and 80s by Peter Knapp for the Courrèges house or for the Elle or Stern magazines. The boards of Deauville and the seafront provided an ideal backdrop both for fashion and for a personal series entitled “Composites-Recomposés”. These blue monochrome photographs, which only have the sky as a motif, were worked on in Deauville where he deepened his research.
 
2018: LES ETES DEAUVILLAIS BY ROGER SCHALL (1934> 1950)
In the 30s, photographer Roger Schall (1904-1995) was engulfed in the media revolution constituted by the birth of the illustrated press. He is one of the first followers of Rolleiflex and its square images. He then established himself as one of the best French photoreporters. Multiplying reports and orders for VU, Match, L'Illustration, Marie-Claire,… he discovered Deauville in 1934 and produced until 1950 many images, with rigorous compositions.
 
2017: THE DEAUVILLE OF PETER LINDBERGH
Peter Lindbergh was one of the most influential contemporary photographers of our time working for the most prestigious international brands and magazines. Visionary, he shakes up the codes of post-modern fashion photography by inducting in his compositions a new image of women, modern and freed from old beauty codes, where little importance is attached to clothing. He produced timeless images, convinced that the interest of a subject lies elsewhere than in its age. Since 1980, the photographer had adopted the beach of Deauville for his fashion shots. Two or three times a year, for thirty-nine years, he has photographed Catherine Deneuve, Antonio Banderas, Pascal Greggory and many others on the beach.
In tribute to Joséphine Baker, in 1988 he revealed an unknown woman named Naomi Campbell there and made sublime portraits of Linda Evangelista and Kristen McMenamy. His last visit to Deauville, in May 2019, for Vogue Germany was a natural tribute to Karl Lagerfeld.

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