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THE SEEBERGER BROTHERS

Photographers

© City of Deauville
© Seeberger Fund - BnF

Born of a Bavarian father and a Lyonnaise mother, the three Séeberger brothers: Jules (1872-1932), Louis (1874-1946) and Henri (1876-1956) founded in 1906, in Paris, a family photographic workshop which from 1909 devoted himself to fashion photography.

Their first photographs are taken on the racetracks, which are then the high places of elegance. From 1918 to 1939, they extended their reports to holiday resorts: Cannes in spring, Deauville in July and August, Biarritz in September and Saint-Moritz in winter. To ensure their promotion and gain visibility in the magazine press of the time, Jeanne Lanvin, Jean Patou, or Madeleine Vionnet, ... send their first models who work alongside their best customers. From 1909 to 1939, the most beautiful creations of French haute couture were immortalized, in situ and outdoors.

The Séeberger brothers also photograph, during their reports commissioned by the dressmakers, the personalities and the artists who frequent these holiday resorts.

The National Library of France acquired in 1975 part of the Séeberger archives, with 60 negatives and their prints, devoted to fashion photos. Part of this fund was the subject of an exhibition in Paris at the BnF in the summer of 000.

In July and August 2010, the photo exhibition The Deauville of Séeberger brings together forty prints, mostly unpublished, on the Planches of Deauville on the occasion of the 150e anniversary of the City of Deauville.

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