Roger schall

Photographer - Retrospective at the Festival Planche (s) Contact in 2018

Bather plunging into the waves Deauville summer 1935 © Roger Schall
Children's games Deauville beach summer 1936 © Roger Schall

Summers in Deauville (1934> 1950)

Famous French photo reporter in the 30s, Roger Schall was born in Nancy in 1904. Son of a photographer, he was trained by his father and when he was incorporated in 1925 in the photographic section of the armed forces.

1931 : Opening of its first photographic studio in Montmartre, avenue Junot.

1934: Thanks to the development of the illustrated press, the Schall studio, created and co-directed by Roger Shall and his brother Raymond Schall, has fourteen employees and operates until 1939 as a press agency. Schall reports are published throughout Europe and the United States in over 100 illustrated magazines. Nudes and photos of Paris are published with those of Brassaï and Jean Moral. 

1934 : Roger Schall began his career as an international reporter at Rolleiflex. First summer report in Deauville, commissioned by Lucien Vogel for the magazine VU. First collaborations with Vogue. Roger Schall photographs fashion in the style of reportage, in movement and in natural settings, while fashion photography is then mainly carried out in the studio.

1935 : Report of the Jubilee of King George VI in London, published in the English edition of Vogue. Colette portraits. After reporting on the construction of the ocean liner Normandy on the Penhöet construction sites, Lucien Vogel entrusted him with the report of the inaugural trip from Le Havre to New York. Exclusive photographer accredited by Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, he shares his cabin with Blaise Cendrars. Short stay in the USA and report on New York, Harlem, Coney Island. Second stay in Deauville.

1936 : Report in Berlin to cover the preparation of the future Olympic Games, for Vu,. Third report in Deauville to capture the first vacationers of paid holidays. 

1937 : Publication of Day Paris, book prefaced by Jean Cocteau (Graphic Arts & Crafts) and the Nude in photography by Marcel Natkin. The photos of Roger Schall rub shoulders with those of Man Ray, Laure Albin Guillot and Pierre Boucher. Fourth summer report in Deauville.

1944:  Publication of: In Paris under the boot of the Nazis, testimony in pictures of the four years of occupation. This work, prefaced by General de Gaulle, will be edited by Raymond Schall with photographs by Roger Schall, Robert Doisneau, Roger Parry, Les Frères Seeberger, Pierre Jahan… 

 1947 : Beginnings in advertising photography in his Montmartre studio 

1948> 1969 : Many reports in France: Summer in Deauville to France Illustrations. The stud farms of Marcel Boussac (publication of Horses of France at Prisma Editions, (1964) the races (Longchamp, Ascot), industrial photography (Forges and Steelworks of the Loire, Le Creusot, Saint Etienne, the factories of Saint-Gobain…), the presidential hunts in Rambouillet, new orders for the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique…

Numerous portraits of painters, writers and actors. 

In addition to his advertising creations, he continues his fashion reports and commissions for haute couture (Jeanne Lanvin, Jacques Fath, Grès…)

1970 : Roger Schall goes back to painting and drawing. Requested by numerous publishers and museums He devotes himself to the management of his collection and his photographic collection.

1995 : Roger Schall dies on December 4 in Paris, at the age of 91 years.

About the retrospective exhibition on Roger Schall: Summers in Deauville (1934> 1950)
In the 1930s, 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 the Rolleiflex and its square images. He then established himself as one of the best French photoreporters. Multiplying reports and orders for SEEN, Match, Illustration, Marie Claire... He discovered Deauville in 1934 and produced until 1950 many images with rigorous compositions which have remained, to this day, unpublished. 
It was at the request of Lucien Vogel, director of the magazine VU, that Roger Schall went to Deauville for the first time in the summer of 1934. He captured rituals and various activities. Exploring the beach during the day, with its bathers, its children, its celebrities and its elegant ladies, it attends gala dinners and recreates the ambiance of the casino in the evenings. He follows automobile elegance contests, races and sales of yearlings, golf games and pigeon shooting. He also surveyed the yacht basin and its flags and followed the activities of the Deauville Yacht Club. He is one of the only photographers to have also photographed the religious processions of August 15. Rarely has a reporter returned so many different and complementary facets of the city. In May 1 * 935, at the request of Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, Roger Schall is the only photographer accredited to the inaugural cruise of the liner Normandy. As soon as he returned from the United States, seduced by Deauville and his activities, he returned there in the summer of 1935, then in 1936 to discover the first summer of paid holidays. 
Created for Planche (s) Contact 2018, this original exhibition is presented outdoors on the beach. It reproduces 25 large formats, on structures three meters high, mostly unpublished photographs taken in Deauville between 1934 and 1950. 

Exhibition designed by Philippe Normand, artistic director of Planche (s) Contact 2018, in collaboration with Jean-Frédérique Schall, son of the photographer. 


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