Photography

Boucher, Pierre (1908 - 2000)

In 1934, Pierre Boucher founds with René Zuber the Alliance-Photo agency that delivers the first deontology of photography and enhances the importance of photographers’ signatures. Multidisciplinary, the French photographer explores the avant-garde aesthetic with surrealist nudes, photograms, collages and solarizations. He also produces more commercial works, illustrating advertisements and books such as Emile Allais’ French Skiing Method - Pierre Boucher favors sports themes: ‘You have to satisfy yourself with a quick look, capture movements in full-flight, apprehend life in its most active and elusive essence’ - establishing photography as a better tool for publicity than drawing. He captures his passion for travels as well as nudes that he depicts via singular angles influenced by the geometry of modern art and Le Corbusier’s architectural and design creations. Pierre Boucher highly contributed to the installment of photography as a modern medium - a tool for the contemporary society of the 1930s that just like him had a new found passion for speed, rhythm, sports and healthy bodies.

Pierre Boucher, Staircase of the Eiffel Tower, 1931
Pierre Boucher, Staircase of the Eiffel Tower, 1931
Pierre Boucher, Water Explosion, c. 1940
Pierre Boucher, Water Explosion, c. 1940
Pierre Boucher, Henri Matisse,  1938
Pierre Boucher, Henri Matisse, 1938
Pierre Boucher, Jeanine Prévert with Magnifying Glass, 1938
Pierre Boucher, Jeanine Prévert with Magnifying Glass, 1938
Pierre Boucher, The Makeup Case, c. 1930, Morocco
Pierre Boucher, The Makeup Case, c. 1930, Morocco
Pierre Boucher, The Steamboat Atlantique, 1935
Pierre Boucher, The Steamboat Atlantique, 1935
Pierre Boucher, Paris 5th Arondissement, 1946
Pierre Boucher, Paris 5th Arondissement, 1946
Pierre Boucher, Paris, 1935
Pierre Boucher, Paris, 1935
Pierre Boucher, Advertising Photomontage for Dormeuil Fabrics, 1935
Pierre Boucher, Advertising Photomontage for Dormeuil Fabrics, 1935
Pierre Boucher, Portrait (sleeping child), 1935
Pierre Boucher, Portrait (sleeping child), 1935
Pierre Boucher, Portrait with Wave, 1936-1938
Pierre Boucher, Portrait with Wave, 1936-1938
Pierre Boucher, Portrait of a Child, c. 1930, Morocco
Pierre Boucher, Portrait of a Child, c. 1930, Morocco
Pierre Boucher, Portrait of a Young Girl, Beni Mellal, Morocco, c. 1930
Pierre Boucher, Portrait of a Young Girl, Beni Mellal, Morocco, c. 1930
Pierre Boucher, Portrait of a Woman in Traditional Costume, Morocco, c. 1940
Pierre Boucher, Portrait of a Woman in Traditional Costume, Morocco, c. 1940
Pierre Boucher, Ad for a Floor Polish, 1937
Pierre Boucher, Ad for a Floor Polish, 1937
Pierre Boucher, Untitled, 1934
Pierre Boucher, Untitled, 1934
Pierre Boucher, Serge Lifar in 'La chute d'Icar' ('The Fall of Icarus'), 1938
Pierre Boucher, Serge Lifar in 'La chute d'Icar' ('The Fall of Icarus'), 1938
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