Black & White Sixties: Eighty Years of Léon Herschtritt

2016-12-08

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.

Les amoureux de Paris – Deux Magots, 1960 © Léon Herschtritt / LA COLLECTION, service presse; Les amoureux de Paris – Café de Flore, 1960 © Léon Herschtritt / LA COLLECTION, service presse
Le dos d’Anne, 1960 © Léon Herschtritt / LA COLLECTION, service presse
Jean Seberg, 1960 © Léon Herschtritt / LA COLLECTION, service presse; Catherine Deneuve, 1962 © Léon Herschtritt / LA COLLECTION, service presse
Karen Blixen, 1961 © Léon Herschtritt / LA COLLECTION, service presse; Romain Gary, 1962 © Léon Herschtritt / LA COLLECTION, service presse; Serge Gainsbourg, 1962 © Léon Herschtritt / LA COLLECTION, service presse
Jean-Paul Sartre, 1961 © Léon Herschtritt / LA COLLECTION, service presse
Noël à Berlin, 1961 © Léon Herschtritt / LA COLLECTION, service presse

The show will run through Dec. 23, 2016.


Images used are with permission from the gallery.

written by lomographymagazine on 2016-12-08 #news #people #black-and-white #documentary-photography #french-photography #leon-herschtritt #art-photograhy

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