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Photographer's stamp on the verso. See: Kempf, Jean-Philippe Charbonnier, Pour la Liberte de la Press, (Reporters sans Frontieres, Nov. 2005), p.12, the opening page of this issue's focus article and one of Charbonnier's most iconic images.Jean-Philippe Charbonnier (August 28, 1921 – May 28, 2004) was an important French photographer. His father was a painter, his mother a writer. Jean-Philippe was born in an elegant and well educated family. In 1939, when he was studying German, he received a camera, and he dropped his studies in pursuit of photography. Because of the war, he left his hometown and went to Lyon, Marseille and Toulon. He arrived eventually in Switzerland, where he met with Jean Manevy who taught him the art of typography and journalism.In 1948, he became the technical editor-in-chief for Liberation, then he worked for such magazines as France Dimanche and Point de Vue. In 1950, he was a reporter and photo journalist for the magazine Réalités, where he specialized in articles on French daily life. He photographed in China in 1955, in Moscow during the cold war, and in Kuwait, the former French Equatorial Africa and Alaska.Charbonnier left Realités in July 1974, disillusioned with the "standardization" he felt had come to dominate the world of photography. Charbonnier began to explore his nearby surroundings in Paris, capturing scenes from the neighborhood of Notre Dame. In regards to these images, he said," I photographed all these people, not always without cruelty, certainly, but with an impassioned interest, with a lucid tenderness."Today his photographs are considered historical documents showing the transformation of society between 1945 and 2004.Jean-Philippe Charbonnier was married to Agathe Gaillard, and in 1975 they open the first photography gallery in Paris, the Agathe Gaillard Gallery.

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The Black Bag, Roubaix, France
Jean-Philippe Charbonnier The Black Bag, Roubaix, France

Price $4,000
Sale Price $2,800

Main Image

Ref.# 13334

Medium Silver print

Mount unmounted

Photo Date 1958-59  Print Date 1958-59

Dimensions 15-1/2 x 10 in. (394 x 254 mm)

Photo Country France

Photographer Country France


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