A century of complicity with photographers

The beginnings

In 1860, Eugene Villette, who came from Paris, opens the first photographic studio in Deauville. From 1906, Jacques-Henri Lartigue photographs the events and worldly life of Deauville: beach scenes, car races, tennis games, horse races, elegance contests and stays of personalities .... From 1919, the Seeberger brothers "Elegance photographers" regularly go to Deauville, in August, at the request of the couturiers to immortalize in a high place of elegance, the women dressed by Paul Poiret, Jean Patou, Chanel or Madeleine Vionnet ... During their stays, they also let themselves be captivated by yachting, horse racing and their rituals, polo, beach scenes and parade of personalities.

In 1934, Roger Schall photographed Deauville for VU magazine.

Rizzo, Freund, Capa after the war

Deauville welcomes, in 1950, Gisèle Freund who takes pictures in Deauville in the humanist vein. In 1949, Willy rizzo was invited to photograph the restored summer Deauville, after 5 years of occupation, during the first major post-war season. In 1951, Robert Capa immortalizes the races, the Bar du Soleil and the crazy Deauville nights, during a report for the American magazine Holiday.

The John Batho Explosion

Robert Doisneau carried out an advertising campaign for Kodak in 1963 and took the opportunity to photograph the races. Photographers from the Magnum agency came several times, Leonard Freed in 1964, Bruno barbey in 1966, Sarah Moon and in 1970 Henri Cartier-Bresson et Martine franck 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.

It was also in 1980 that Peter Lindbergh realizes, for Stern, his first report in Deauville. He regularly chooses Deauville for his fashion reports.

Carl de Keyzer, before revealing himself with Homo Sovieticus, in 1980 and 1981, in Deauville, he made his first shift. Dennis Stock in 1985 observed holidaymakers. In 1991, Elliott Erwitt engaged in the Pleaux de Deauville to his smiling hunt for facetious dogs. In 1993, Leonardo Scianna, sensitive to beach lovers rituals will take superb snapshots of couples in love. Jane Evelyn Atwood, at the request of Polka, photographs the walkers of the Easter weekend.

Fashion photography also drew on Deauville beach, and in the architecture of its bathing cabins, Georges Dambier, Jean-Loup Sieff, Guy Bourdin, Peter Lindbergh and Mario Testino.


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