Lucien Clergue (1934–2014) was not yet twenty in 1953 when, after a bullfight in Arles, he presented his first photographs to Pablo Picasso. This marked the beginning of a twenty-year-long friendship.
It was thanks to the discovery of his early portfolios after the photographer’s death that we can get a glimpse of the searing intensity and dark poetry that had captivated Picasso and, later on, Jean Cocteau.
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