René-Jacques: Forms of Elegance

A key figure in post-war French photography, René-Jacques (born René Giton, 1908–2003) embarked on his career in the 1930s. Quick to learn the profession’s many variants, photojournalism for the Paris daily L’Intransigeant, photo essays for the publisher Grasset and industrial photography for Renault. In the footsteps of writers Francis Carco and Léon-Paul Fargue, he haunted the streets of Paris during their empty hours, while also working as a set photographer for film directors René Lucot, Georg Wilhelm Pabst and Jean Grémillon. Published in conjunction with the exhibition organized by the Jeu de Paume at the Château de Tours (15 November 2019–24 May 2020), this portfolio provides an overview of the photographer’s career through forty key images.

Texts by Matthieu Rivallin
Publication date: November 2019
Softcover, 22 × 31 cm
48 pages, 47 black-and-white photographs
Publishers: Jeu de Paume/Médiathèque de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
ISBN: 978-2-915704-92-1
Price: €9.50
Distribution: Les Presses du Réel

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