After World War II during which he had been an active resistant, George Dudognon becomes a photographic reporter eager to capture joy after too many dark years. In 1945, supposed to meet and depict some cabaret actresses, he discovers the free-spirited and joyous atmosphere of Paris’ Saint- Germain-des-Près. A humanist who also testified of the Glorious Thirty’s society from its politicians to l’Abbé Pierre, the French photographer helps establish the legendary identity of the Rive Gauche area, capturing its musical revolution alongside American jazzmen and French singers as well as the existentialist philosophical group led by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. When Otto Preminger unites Jean Seberg and Françoise Sagan with the adaptation of the latter’s book, Bonjour Tristesse, in 1957, George Dudognon is on set and he captures their youth but also their fragility. The active ethnologist of a radically evolving era, he imprinted a moment of grace.