Marcel Cerf was born in 1911. Historian and journalist, from 1929 to 1935 he participated to the Friends of “World”, Henri Barbusse’s newspaper. In 1935, he joined the team of the magazine “Regards” as a reporter-photographer, for which he covered meetings, social, political, sporting and cultural events under the Popular Front. Some of his photos were on the cover of the weekly. After five years of captivity in Germany during the Second World War, Marcel Cerf devoted himself to history, and in particular that of the Paris Commune. He no longer used his Rolleiflex except for private purposes. When he died in January 2010, his daughter, Claudine Cerf, donated his photographic collection to the Historical Library of the City of Paris.
Marcel Cerf’s photographs are exclusively at Roger-Viollet.
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