Lucien Clergue’s photography was intuitive from the start and, at the age of just twenty, he enjoyed the benefit of decisive support and advice from the mentors he chose for himself: one day, as he was leaving a bullfight, he went to show his work to Pablo Picasso who took him under his wing and suggested he meet Jean Cocteau. After that encounter in 1956, he developed a close friendship with both men who he met regularly in Arles, Paris, Mougins and Cannes, and he later introduced them to Manitas de Plata.
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