The Côte d’Azur has always captured the imagination of artists. Many of them arrived on the sun-drenched coast in the early 20th century, having left Paris to enjoy this beautiful region at a time when it was not yet a famed tourist destination.
And there they stayed. Legendary for its special light, the French Riviera also spurred the development of art photography to a certain degree, attracting intellectuals and bon vivants, along with those who wanted to be in close proximity to this artistic world. The great influx of painters, photographers, and fashion designers created a rich legacy throughout several decades.
From the photography of the turn of the century, continuing with the 1920s and the fashion of Jacques Henri Lartigue, the Surrealists up to the end of the war, to the Golden Fifties of paparazzi photography. Text in English, German and French.