Photographer Émile Savitry

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.

Scène de genre à Montparnasse (Sur les quais...), 1939. © Philippe Migeat - Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI (diffusion RMN).

Scène de genre à Montparnasse (Sur les quais…), 1939. © Philippe Migeat – Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI (diffusion RMN).

Anouk Aimee et son chat sur le tournage de La Fleur de l'Âge", Belle-Ile,1947. Photo from ArtnetGalleries.

Anouk Aimee et son chat sur le tournage de La Fleur de l’Âge”, Belle-Ile,1947. Photo from ArtnetGalleries. © Émile Savitry courtesy Sophie Malexis

"Couteau surréaliste", Paris, 1947-1949. Photo courtesy Savitry Estate/Sophie Malexis.

“Couteau surréaliste”, Paris, 1947-1949. © Émile Savitry courtesy Sophie Malexis

References:

Sophie Malexis’ biography of Mr. Savitry
Le journal de la photographie 
MediaPart’s Re-discovering the Lost Work of Emile Savitry

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