Emmanuel Sougez


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(1889–1972), French photographer, born in Bordeaux. In 1911 he abandoned art training to travel in Europe. After the First World War he started as a freelance photographer in Paris, eventually becoming a leading exponent of post-pictorialist photographie pure, a movement similar to Neue Sachlichkeit. In 1926 he founded the photographic department of L'Illustration, and encouraged the formerly staid paper to use colour photography. In 1933 his photographs of Rodin sculptures earned considerable acclaim. But he also excelled at rigorously composed, large-format still lifes, Paris street scenes, and nudes that combined voluptuousness with classical elegance. He illustrated numerous publications on art and artefacts from around the world, and after the Second World War wrote extensively on photographic history and theory. Many of his negatives were bequeathed to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

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