The retrospective of French documentary photographer Léon Herschtritt is a visual, unique treat of optimism rarely found in documentary photography. Although Herschtritt photographed many world-changing events such as the Vietnam war, there is zest, sensibility and vivacity in each image.
At the age of 24, Herschtritt was not only a photographer, but a photography teacher as well — he taught in Algeria and took photos of children there, which would be part of his award-winning series “Les Gosses d’Algérie”. Apart from being recipient of the Prix Niépce, he also was a member of the famous club 30×40.
When the 1960’s dawned, Herschtritt approached the world, especially Paris, with his lens as a humanist, following the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson. He photographed the streets and all walks of life — from the children to famous celebrities.
Visit the show Léon Herschtritt, A life for photography! at the Galerie Esther Woerdehoff in Paris.
The show will run through Dec. 23, 2016.
Images used are with permission from the gallery.