Photography

Colomb, Denise (1902 - 2004)

After having studied music, Denise Loeb-Cahen takes her first photographies during a trip in Asia in the late 1930s, interested as much in the incredible landscapes she discovers as in the lives of locals. During World War II, she adopts the nickname Denise Colomb and will keep it to sign her photographic work. She travels the world from Norway to Israel and the West Indies where she is invited by Aimé Cesaire and documents her expeditions for various publications. In 1947, she begins a major series dedicated to artists, beginning with Antonin Artaud and then, the painters and sculptors, her brother who possesses a gallery, introduces her to. She depicts their fragility and anxieties: a tormented Antonin Artaud, an intense Bernard Buffet or a falsely nonchalant Nicolas de Stael. In her poetic and realistic manner, Denise Colomb reminds us of such humanist photographers as Edouard Boubat and Robert Doisneau, a group of passionate anthropologists of what makes the human face the most gracious and dignified.

Tags / Denise Colomb - French Photographer - 1950s - Portrait - Art - Travel - Humanist
Denise Colomb, Alexander Calder, 1950
Denise Colomb, Alexander Calder, 1950
Denise Colomb, Antonin Artaud, 1947
Denise Colomb, Antonin Artaud, 1947
Denise Colomb, Bernard Buffet, 1950
Denise Colomb, Bernard Buffet, 1950
Denise Colomb, Carnival, Antilles, 1958
Denise Colomb, Carnival, Antilles, 1958
Denise Colomb, Two Boys, Norway, 1955
Denise Colomb, Two Boys, Norway, 1955
Denise Colomb, Moi Woman, Indochina, 1935
Denise Colomb, Moi Woman, Indochina, 1935
Denise Colomb, Young Woman, Indochina, 1936
Denise Colomb, Young Woman, Indochina, 1936
Denise Colomb, Young Sailor, Finistère, 1950
Denise Colomb, Young Sailor, Finistère, 1950
Denise Colomb, Marc Chagall, 1957
Denise Colomb, Marc Chagall, 1957
Denise Colomb, Maternity, Antilles, 1948
Denise Colomb, Maternity, Antilles, 1948
Denise Colomb, Nicolas de Staël, 1954
Denise Colomb, Nicolas de Staël, 1954
Denise Colomb, Pierre and Edouard Loeb, 1962
Denise Colomb, Pierre and Edouard Loeb, 1962
Denise Colomb, Portrait of Children, Israel, date unknown
Denise Colomb, Portrait of Children, Israel, date unknown
Denise Colomb, Prinner, c. 1950
Denise Colomb, Prinner, c. 1950
Denise Colomb, Reticulation, Antilles, 1948
Denise Colomb, Reticulation, Antilles, 1948
Denise Colomb, Roger Bissière, 1958
Denise Colomb, Roger Bissière, 1958
Denise Colomb, Tattoo, 1950
Denise Colomb, Tattoo, 1950
Denise Colomb, A Eunuch of the Palace, near Beijing, 1937
Denise Colomb, A Eunuch of the Palace, near Beijing, 1937
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