1950: Robert Delpire was 24 years old. As a medical student, he started the review NEUF. It was the beginning of a singular venture in publishing that lasted three years and nine issues. Articles penned by Guillaume Apollinaire, André Breton, Blaise Cendrars, Jean Cocteau, Henry Miller and Jean-Paul Sartre mixed with illustrations by Savignac, André François and Raoul Dufy, and photography by Brassaï, Doisneau, Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Izis… In less than two years, the illustrated review, targeting doctors interested in art and the “image”, started publishing books by photographers and artists, and gave birth to Delpire publishing. The exhibition selects 26 words and as many stories to recount the foundations of photography publishing and the unprecedented creative momentum that stimulated the postwar period. Using a visual and typographical approach, with emblematic double-page spreads from the review, original copies and other material from the times, the exhibition recreates NEUF in letter and spirit, and tells the story of the early days of Robert Delpire in the field of publishing.
Exhibition curators: Julien Frydman and Stuart Alexander.
Scientific advisor: Michel Frizot.
Scenography : Anna Toussaint.
Publication : NEUF, delpire & co, 2021.