Émile Savitry is a relatively unknown photographer whose art has recently been brought to light by Sophie Malexis, the executor of his estate. Savitry was born in Saigon to a wealthy family (DuPont) and moved to Paris as a young man; his first exhibition was in 1929. He documented the jazz age of Paris and the cafe life of Montparnasse, as well as the exodus of refugees from the Spanish Civil War. He also worked as a fashion photographer for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, and took still photos on movie sets. He died in 1967; his wife, Elsa Enriquez, died in 2010.
Sophie Malexis has organzied Savitry’s work and recently curated exhibits in Spain and France. She’s also created a website and published a catalog of his work.