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Death of Michel Fresson


Sad news: the death of a legend of the dark room: Michel Fresson. It was Bernard Plossu who told us about it and sent us this text!

Michel Fresson has just left us. Son of Pierre Fresson, grandson of Théodore Henri Fresson, and father of Jean François Fresson: The famous “charcoal prints” of this mythical name in the history of photography. I had met Michel and the Fresson family in 1967. I immediately fell fascinated by their way of printing color on their matt paper, which speaks of atmosphere and translates the pictures so good! Based in Savigny sur Orge, every occasion to visit was a treat, sharing the choice of images. Many of us can talk of the happiness of these past moments with them, and for years with Michel and his sense of humor. He was modest and did never acted Master, even though … he was! Their process allowed me to practice color with as much passion as black and white. Their prints do not move, do not age, they are without problem with time, therefore the extreme rarity of their technique. Michel’s smile will be missed by many photographers, who lose one of their best partner. My thoughts are with Jean-François and all his family. We cannot thank them enough for their magnificent work.

Bernard Plossu


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