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The Striking Photography of Laure Albin Guillot

From 26 February 2013 to 12 May 2013

A leader of 1930s photography

Born in Paris in 1879, Laure Albin Guillot was a French photographer who made a name for herself in the middle of the 20th century.

Influenced by pictorialism, an art movement in which the standard image is manipulated by the artist, Albin Guillot began her career by taking photographs of her husband's microscopic preparations. She named these scientific works of abstract art 'Decorative Micrographies,' and she went on to receive an award from the French Revue of Photography in 1922.

From then on, Albin Guillot became a source of influence for photography in the 1930s. She also became a well known portraitist, taking photographs of French celebrities such as Paul Valéry and Jean Cocteau. Throughout the 1930s, Albin Guillot was an authority on the contemporary photography scene.

Now, her work is being honored at the Jeu de Paume, as the museum gathers 200 of Albin Guillot's original prints and books, in addition to magazines and other documents. This retrospective is divided into four parts, each emphasizing a different aspect of the photographer's career.

From portraiture to nudes, from advertising to printed work, Albin Guillot reinvented herself throughout her career, and these transformations will be on display at the Jeu de Paume.