City of Deauville
Seeberger Collection - BnF

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

Their first photographs were taken on the racecourses, which were then the high places of elegance. From 1918 to 1939, they extended their coverage to vacation spots: Cannes in the 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,... sent their first models who rubbed shoulders with their best clients. Thus, from 1909 to 1939, the most beautiful creations of French haute couture were immortalized, in situ and in the open air.

The Séeberger brothers also photographed the personalities and artists who frequented these resorts during their reports commissioned by the couturiers.

In 1975, the Bibliothèque nationale de France acquired part of the Séeberger archives, with 60,000 negatives and their prints, dedicated to fashion photography. Part of this collection was the subject of an exhibition in Paris, at the BnF, during the summer of 2006.

In July and August 2010, the photo exhibition The Deauville of the Séebergers brings together forty mostly unpublished prints on the Deauville boards to mark the 150th anniversary of the town of Deauville.


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Residence de l'Horloge
Quai de l'Impératrice Eugénie
14800 Deauville
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Place Jean Mermoz
14640 Villers-sur-Mer
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14910 Blonville-sur-Mer
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40 rue du General Leclerc
14113 Villerville
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14800 Touques
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Promenade Louis Delamare
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14800 Tourgéville
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