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Hubert Henrotte (1934-2020) by Michel Puech


Hubert Henrotte, founder of Gamma and Sygma is dead. The last great actor of the golden age of French photojournalism passed away this Friday, November 20, 2020 at around 3:30 a.m., at the Georges Pompidou Hospital, in Paris, at the age of 86. An intimate religious ceremony will take place and Jean-François Leroy will organize a professional tribute as soon as possible. Monique Kouznetzoff called him “HH” when she joined the Gamma agency that Hubert Henrotte had created a few months earlier. Those initials suited him well. Two snapping letters, like his character, sometimes blunt sometimes curt, especially in his youth. He had such a desire to do well that he seemed pushy. I only lasted two months at Sygma. When I arrived in the morning, if I was five minutes late, he was waiting for me pointedly looking at his watch, and, he forgot to say hello. Hubert Henrotte was feared. Many years later,  with age, he kept his sharp edge, but was showing sympathy more frequently. In the end, he was a man little known, even to professionals....

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