Edition 2014

Léon Gimpel

Born 1873, Strasbourg, France. Died 1948, Sévignacq-Meyracq, France.

Famed photojournalist Léon Gimpel made a gift during his lifetime of his collection of images and the precious manuscript of his memoirs to the Société Française de Photographie. In 2008 this institution, together with the Musée d’Orsay, organised his first retrospective. Gimpel worked for the newspaper L’Illustration on commission and by series. A bold, inventive, and humorous photographer, he was fascinated by the Lumière brothers’ first colour process, the autochrome, becoming one of its most skilled practitioners. He recorded subjects as varied as the illumination of Paris, mushrooms, airships and balloons, metallography, anaglyph stereoscope images, his family’s vacations, and the Paris floods.
  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture