Emile Savitry, born Dupont in 1903 in Saigon was first a painter. He studied at the Valence Fine Arts School and at the School of Decorative Arts in Paris. In 1929, he exhibited his paintings, at Zborowski’s parisian gallery and was presented by Aragon who also prefaced the catalogue. The exhibition was a success, but Savitry, friend of painters and surrealists, of Derain, Brauner, Dominguez, Prinner, Malkine, and Desnos, liked to roam the world. He thus decided with Georges Malkine to move to the Pacific Islands to “smile to the Maohris” and devote himself to photography from then on. Back in France in 1930, he disembarked in Toulon where he discovered the Manouche guitarist Django Reinhardt, who played music in cafés with his brother. Savitry took them to Paris to introduce them to the world of jazz. He made the first portraits of him. In the 1930 and 1940s, Savitry took pictures in clubs of Pigalle, the Cafés Le Dôme and La Coupole the meeting places of artists, writers and intellectuals from all over the world. He was one of them, a Parnassian by heart, then he made photos in Le Tabou, La Rose Rouge when Saint-Germain-des-Près was up to date. He met the Groupe Octobre, the Prévert brothers. Jacques Prévert and Savitry became close friends. Special correspondent in his spare time, he photographed the Spanish refugees who migrated to Perpignan after the fall of Barcelona in 1939. After the war Savitry helped Raymond Grosset restart the Agence Rapho where he was working, since 1933 with Brassaï, Ylla and Ergy Landau. Latter joined by Willy Ronis, Robert Doisneau. He was also a still photographer on Marcel Carné’s films such as “Les Portes de la nuit” and “La Fleur de l’Âge” (1947). The filming of the latter reunited Carné and Prévert in Belle-Île and was interrupted after three months, but left him the time to immortalize the very young Anouk Aimée and the bad boy Serge Reggiani. He was then seen on the sets of some Jean Grémillon movies, but he owes most of his success, to his pictures of nudes, especially in Japan. After years of collaboration with the fashion magazines Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Le Jardin des Modes, he took many pictures of artists and their works, of actors, and of writers: Giacometti, Prinner, Brauner, Charlie Chaplin, Edith Piaf, Brigitte Bardot at age 16, Colette, etc. Émile Savitry died in 1967 The exhibition is shown until january 2013 in Maison de la Photographie Robert Doisneau, Paris (France) and has been shown i MUVIM in Valencia (Spain in 2011) and MASC in Les Sables d'Olonne (France) in 2012
The exhibition is composed of 88 modern prints 11,8 x 15,7 and 15,7x 19,7 inches (30x40cm and 40x50cm). With frame with glass 15,7 x 19,7 and 19,7 x 23,6 inches (40x50cm and 50x60cm) Checklist available on request
The cost of transportation (to and from), insurance and customs formalities are to be met by the exhibitor.
70 linear meters