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Mairie de Bessan : Lucien Chauffard


French photographic heritage often rhymes with Robert Doisneau, but do you know Lucien Chauffard?
Sweet dreamer, passionate about his art, Lucien Chauffard was born in 1906.
Gifted for drawing, from the age of 13 he was awarded first prize for the poster of the carnival of Chalon-sur-Saône.
Then there are the Beaux Arts in Paris. In turn he will be a poster designer, publicist, photographer, happily mixing humanist photography and quality commercial shots. Régie Renault, Simca, the French Navy, Lapierre fisheries, the women’s press and so many others called on his talent.
He rubbed shoulders with André Vigneau, Ergy Landau, Hélène Boucher and especially Robert Doisneau, with whom, from 1929, he will be a friend and mentor. Lucien Chauffard was, even in the opinion of the daughters of the “Master”, the red thread of their father’s career.
It was Lucien who, from the Ulmann workshop in 1929, introduced the young Robert to all the secrets of the photographic art, Lucien who introduced him to VIGNEAU, invited him into the Renault company where he directed the photo department and then introduced him to Ergy LANDAU and Charles RADO, the creators of the Rapho photo agency.
A freelance photographer, he pursued a career far from glory and honours. Tested by mourning, old age and illness, he died in 1982, amid general indifference.


Lucien Chauffard
May 27 to June 17, 2022
Mairie de Bessan
Salle des portraits
34550 Bessan (Hérault)
Salle Paul Salvy

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