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Usimages 2021 : Industrial photography – Emeric Feher


Émeric Feher (1904 Bečej / Serbia – 1966 Paris), photographer of Hungarian origin, arrived in France in 1926. first starting as a workman  for Peugeot and then Citroën, in 1933 he joined the studio of photographer René Zuber as an operator. A year later, he joined the Alliance Photo group founded by René Zuber and Maria Eisner, one of the first agencies run by independent photographers and bringing together young photographers. The variety of subjects, the feelings that were expressed in this collective, as well as the modus operandi, made him a humanist photographer. In 1937, he participated in the famous centennial photography exhibition “Photography 1839-1937” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Naturalized French he volunteered on September 16, 1939, he moved to the free zone and worked in various studios in the Nice region. After the war, he worked on his own and counted among his main clients the General Tourism office, the SNCF, manufacturers, advertisers and dressmakers, the press, publishing …

He died in 1966 of a heart attack.

The exhibition presents a selection of emblematic photographs from various assignments produced by Émeric Feher, such as the La Rochette stationery factories, the Platon factory producing vinyl records, and the Chantiers de l’Atlantique. The square format, the aesthetics of black and white and perfectly controlled artificial lights, give the viewer a feeling of nostalgia.

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