Daniel Boudinet was born in Paris in 1945. Taking portraits of actors and writers, he toured Paris, which became the subject of his first book, Bagdad-sur-Seine (Arthème Fayard, 1973). He also traveled throughout Algeria, Asia and the Middle East, returning with a few black-and-white pictures, but mainly images in color. When he began his career in the 1970s, black-and-white photography was the norm. Boudinet quickly started working in color, until then a format reserved for amateur photographers and family photos. He was among the first European pioneers to claim color as its own form or artistic expression. Boudinet died in 1990. In 1991, his family donated his archives to the State.
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