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Galerie Roger-Viollet : Laure Albin Guillot : The elegance of the gaze


The Galerie Roger-Viollet presents the exhibition of Laure Albin Guillot, L’élégance du regard.

From male and female nudes to emerging advertising photography, including photomicrography, still life, fashion and portraiture, Laure Albin Guillot (1879-1962) actively participated to the New Photography between the wars.

At the end of the 1920s, with her husband who was a scientist , she brought out the beauty of what is invisible to the naked eye by imagining her microphotographs on autochromes. A renowned socialite photographer, thanks to her interpersonal skills, she portrayed personalities from the world of arts and culture, as well as anonymous people from the Parisian bourgeoisie. Laure Albin Guillot’s success also came from her very specific style, where her diffuse light enveloping the faces and bodies or just a detail of the anatomy, thus sublimating the personality of the people photographed.

Also a pioneer in nude photography, always in search of a perfect aesthetic, her studies of the female and male body are carefully cropped in pencil directly on a reading print before making a final proof.

In the 1930s, advertising photography took an important place in magazines. Laure Albin Guillot handled assignments from the luxury, fashion, cosmetics and tobacco industries with the same rigor of framing and lighting, sometimes not even hesitating to intervene in the message to be conveyed.

Author of numerous works and exhibitions, member of the SFP (French Society of Photography), of the SAP (Society of Artists Photographers), director of the photographic archives of Fine Arts, Laure Albin Guillot died in 1962 leaving an immense, eclectic and coherent work, the majority of which was acquired by the Roger-Viollet agency in 1964.

About sixty contemporary prints will be for sale during the exhibition.



Laure Albin Guillot, L’élégance du regard
October 6, 2022 – January 14, 2023
Galerie Roger-Viollet
6 Rue de Seine
75006 Paris, France

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